DPS, Noida, holds counselling session as school reopens
On the morning of July 1, when students returned to Delhi Public School, Noida, after their summer break, they did seem to miss their friend Aarushi. In her memory a special assembly was convened where after dedicating a special prayer and thought of the day to Aarushi, principal Neena Sehgal counselled the students.
“She tried to console the children and did her best to make them face reality. Also, she repeatedly advised them to not fall for the various rumours that have surrounded the case,” Darshan Sodhi, Aarushi’s class teacher, told the Hindustan Times. She added that the students did not seem to discuss the case anymore.
But the mother of a children said she wished the school had not hurried through the counseling. She termed it a one-way discussion where the kids were merely listeners. She said her child felt highly dejected for she had expected more support from the school.
As many schools are yet to resume session, the question of how to deal with children traumatized by the case still remains unclear. Ameeta Mulla Wattal, Principal, Springdales School, Pusa Road says, “We do not plan to hold any separate session to discuss the Aarushi case in particular when the students come on July 7. It would be integrated in our yearly discussions that happen after summer vacations. The teachers talk to the kids about their vacation time and what affected them the most in this time.”