Kendriya Vidyalaya suspends Muzaffarpur Principal, transfers 15 after school violence clip goes viral – Times of India

| | Updated: Oct 19, 2016, 20:25 IST
A video grab of the incident. (Courtesy: YouTube)A video grab of the incident. (Courtesy: YouTube)

NEW DELHI: The Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan has decided to rusticate two students and suspended the principal of KV-Muzaffarpur on Tuesday in connection with the violent incident in which a student was assaulted inside the classroom by his classmates on August 25, 2016. The incident came to light last week when a video of the incident went viral on social media and the KVS instituted an inquiry. Seven other students who witnessed the violence but didn’t report it are also facing disciplinary action, while the vice principal, 13 other teachers and one office assistant have been transferred with immediate effect.

In a statement from the KVS, it said that on the recommendations of the inquiry committee the KVS has taken following action in the matter — the two main accused students from Class XI and Class XII who happen to be siblings are rusticated from the school with immediate effect, principal of KV-Muzaffarpur Rajiv Ranjan has been suspended and attached to KVS (RO) Patna, vice-principal, 13 teachers and one office assistant who have prima-facie been found to have failed in due discharge of duties in maintaining discipline in school have been transferred and orders are being issued for departmental inquiry and disciplinary action against the seven students who watched the incidence in the isolated room other than the classroom but did not report to the authorities is also being contemplated as per codal provisions.”

The KVS has also deputed an assistant commissioner, Santhosh Kumar N from regional office, Patna to KV-Muzaffarpur with immediate effect, who will camp in the school for 15 days to take care of the situation and normalize the effective functioning of the school.

After in-depth probe of the matter, the committee found that the incident took place on August 25, 2016 during lunch break when two accused brothers took the victim to another vacant class and thrashed him mercilessly and went to the extent of using shoes. “Unfortunately, the other seven students who were also present in the classroom took no effort to either pacify or to stop them. They also failed to report the incident to the class teacher or the principal,” the report stated.

It has surfaced that the efforts were made to hide the incident by the school administration. While careful examination of the viral video clippings conveys strongly that it was not an accidental recording but planned well in advance with the ill motive to display elsewhere and to create fear psychosis among peer group, the report added.

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