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School stabbing once again raises safety concerns on campus

The stabbing of a Class 1 boy by a senior girl in a Lucknow school, a grim reminder of a recent Gurgaon school incident, has once again caused apprehension among parents about safety of their children on school premises.

lucknow Updated: Jan 18, 2018 15:01 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
School,Lucknow,Uttar Pradesh
Parents protesting outside the school campus in Lucknow.(HT)

The stabbing of a Class 1 boy by a senior girl in a Lucknow school, a grim reminder of a recent Gurgaon school incident, has once again caused apprehension among parents about safety of their children on school premises.

The incident has left guardians in a state of shock, wanting to know if there is any way to put an end to such incidents. After the Gurgaon incident, the state government took a number of steps to ensure safety of children in school. But the Brightland school tragedy has exposed that all claims were hollow.

District Inspector of Schools, Mukesh Kumar Singh on Wednesday sought explanation from Brightland School principal and management for not reporting the incident to him and not lodging a police complaint on Tuesday itself when the incident took place. In a letter to the school, Singh sought a detailed report about the incident.

The DIOS has also asked schools to install CCTV cameras at every nook and corner of the schools. He has banned use of smart phones on school premises.

The incident has also left principals shocked. Geetika Kapoor, principal of St Teresa College, Ashiana said, “Such incidents are increasing highlighting the disadvantages of the e- world.”

She said, “It is scary to see the direction of a child’s psyche who wants to harm an innocent youngster. The pressure and stress on the teachers and school authorities is increasing with such incidents increasing. My prayers for the speedy recovery of the child and I hope the girl is identified as soon as possible”.

Soon after the Gurgaon incident, the then director-general of police (DGP) Sulkhan Singh issued an advisory that CCTV cameras should be installed at every entry and exit point, corridors, swimming pool, washrooms, library and sports ground in every school.

Besides, school authorities were asked to issue conditional passes to plumbers, electricians, carpenters and other people entering the campuses for work. He also asked police officials of all districts to ensure a monthly audit of security measures in schools across UP.

First Published: Jan 18, 2018 14:59 IST