School Authorities Expelled Class XII Boy For Hugging Class XI Girl, Call it Violation of School Disciplinary Code
Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 17: Authorities of St Thomas Central School at Mukkola in Thiruvananthapuram expelled a student for hugging a class XI girl after she won a prize at an art competition in school. The parents of the boy have decided to appeal to a high court decision bench against the expulsion of the boy.
Reportedly, the school authorities also held him guilty of publishing pictures taken with the girl on social media, on July 21. According to The Times of India report, the 16-year-old boy had violated school’s disciplinary code. The student was also issued transfer certificate based on the report from the inquiry commission.
Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights said in an order issued on October 4, that the school should allow the boy to attend classes and continue his education. The boy’s parents are appealing against the decision by the High Court on December 12, which quashed the order of Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights for permitting the boy to attend classes and continue his education. The Commission’s order was challenged by the St. Thomas School’s management in the HC.
While defending the institution’s right to “maintain and sustain the standard and reputation of the school”, the single bench in its order, also held that the principal and teachers should take a broader outlook on the issue in their capacity as “loco parentis”. Significantly, the bench also highlighted that “neither the girl student nor her parents have made any complaint in this regard to anyone”.