A senior teacher from Ryan International School, Chembur, resigned on Thursday amidst claims she had slapped a 13-year-old boy for not buttoning his shirt collar. His parents had filed a non-cognisable complaint against the teacher. The teacher had allegedly slapped the Class 9 student six times on his left cheek on Tuesday, his parents had complained. He has been unable to attend school since the incident because of the swelling on his cheek, his mother said. The school spokesperson said the teacher resigned on her own after the police complaint.
“The teacher was called for an emergency meeting with the management on Thursday morning even though the school was closed for Dussehra,” said the spokesperson. “She submitted her resignation after the meeting on her own.”
The teacher was unavailable for comment despite repeated calls and messages. However, the boy’s parents said the teacher should have been sacked. “We wanted the management to give the teacher a termination letter so that she doesn’t get away scot-free,” said his mother.
They are planning to lodge an official complaint against the teacher with the state school education department. “We will submit a copy of the NC we have filed with the police and medical reports to the education department so that they can take stringent action against the teacher,” said the mother.
This is the fourth complaint of corporal punishment in city schools in the past two months. Last week, a Mira Road school principal was accused of caning a 12-year-old for not doing his homework and a reputed Juhu school had allegedly punished a child suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for four hours without giving her water.