Ask my teacher not to punish kids so severely: Class 5 boy says in chilling suicide note
A Class 5 student in Uttar Pradesh committed suicide, leaving behind a chilling suicide note in which he indicated that he had been harassed by his class teacher.
"Papa, Today is my first exam and my class teacher kept me crying till 9.15 am... I was kept standing for three periods. She only listens to her sycophants... I am going to end my life today... Please ask my ma'am not to give such a severe punishment to anyone. Goodbye, mummy, papa & didi."
These were the last words that 12-year-old Navneet Prakash, a student of Class 5 in Saint Antony's Convent School, Gorakhpur mentioned in his suicide note.
A bright student, Prakash was upset since he returned home on September 15 after being allegedly harassed and denied attending the exams.
"He quietly went upstairs and after some time, he came down and asked for food. His mother gave him food and after having a bit, he took water in a glass that he brought along with him," father Ravi Prakash, a Physics teacher in the Bapu Inter College, said.
When he did not come down after some time, we rushed upstairs to find him lying on the bed with foam coming out of his mouth, he added.
Sensing trouble, the family rushed him to a nearby hospital from where he was rushed to the Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead on Wednesday afternoon.
Irked by the incident, family members and relatives created ruckus in the school.
A heavy force was deployed on the school since Wednesday and the school administration was absconding since Wednesday afternoon.
"My son was a very bright student and he took tuition from the class teacher. He scored very high marks. Bhavna used to mentally harass him to join her tuition classes," claimed his father.
Later on Thursday afternoon, a postmortem was conducted and the report is awaited.
An FIR was also registered at Shahpur police station under section 306 (abetment to suicide) of the Indian Penal Code.
"We have arrested the teacher, Bhavna, and the matter is being investigated," Vinay Kumar Singh, superintendent of police (city) told mediapersons.
"We are Dalits and my son was very brilliant. He dreamt of becoming the chief minister and his role model was chief minister Yogi Adityanath. He also used to visit the Gorakhnath Dham regularly with us and wanted to become the CM," a visibly moved Sunita Devi, the mother of Navneet, said.
Interestingly, Yogi was present in Gorakhpur on Thursday to offer prayers on the first day of Navratra to establish the kalash and would be leaving for Varanasi where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to attend a programme.
After Naveet's death, the parent searched his bag and found the suicide note. They also found a glass rapped in a polythene and a foul smell was coming out from it.
Navneet consumed the water in the same glass when he took food for the last time.
"Probably, he has consumed some poison as foam was coming out from his mouth when the family members rushed him to the hospital," Singh informed.