Muvattupuzha: The police have registered a case against the principal and headmistress of a private school for verbally abusing and threatening the parents of two children who faced disciplinary action.
Seventh standard student Vince Benny and his mother Dolly Benny (42) from Pallithazath, Valayam, have been admitted to a private hospital owing to unease due to mental stress. Vince reportedly has high fever and Dolly is experiencing fatigue following the quarrel.
Police version: Vince and classmate Madhava Mohanraj of Bright Public School, Valayam, were removed from class by the principal for repeatedly failing to bring a prescribed book. Their parents were asked to report at school immediately. Vince’s mother Dolly and Madhav’s father Mohanraj came to school by noon.
The principal and headmistress verbally abused and threatened the parents, the complaint stated. The teachers even tried to manhandle Dolly. The abuse intensified when they questioned the attitude unbecoming of a principal. The children too were petrified.
Though the principal was summoned to the police station for a statement, he refused and created more ruckus. This resulted in the filing of the case. Statement from Dolly and Mohanraj were recorded.
The parents have written to the education minister and the chief minister saying that the students and teachers are under stress owing to the principal's conduct. They urged the authorities to give counseling to students under police protection and take action against the principal.