Director of Education Shailesh Sinai Zingde has issued a show cause notice to the school management asking why action should not be taken against them for failing to prevent the pepper spray incident.
BICHOLIM: Shree Shantadurga Higher Secondary School, Bicholim has suspended five students for a period of one month in the pepper spray incident that led to hospitalization of eleven students.
“The five students have been suspended from the school for a period of one month with immediate effect. The students have been suspended for misconduct,’ the school management said.
The management has told police and the Directorate of Education that it has already suspended four students from the school for their misconduct.
The incident occurred when the girl students were inside the classroom.
“As per the complaint received from the management of the school, some girl students started feeling uneasy and breathless when another group of students used pepper spray on them as mischief,” the official said.
In the meantime, Director of Education Shailesh Sinai Zingde has issued a show cause notice to the school management asking why action should not be taken against them for failing to prevent the pepper spray incident.
Police have written to the administration of the school to begin an investigation into the incident. Additionally, the installation of CCTV cameras in the school’s buildings and classrooms has been mandated.
Chief minister’s office said “the CM has directed the police and education department to conduct thorough enquiry about the incident in Shree Shantadurga Higher Secondary School Bicholim”.
Meanwhile, Bicholim police inspector Rahul Parab, in his letter to the school management, has asked the latter to initiate action to ensure such incidents are not repeated.
Eleven schoolgirls were hospitalised after being pepper-sprayed by classmates at a higher-secondary school in Bicholim area of North Goa with officials terming the incident as an act of “mischief” perpetrated by their fellow students.
Bicholim police said they received a call from the medical officer at a community health centre (CHC) informing that some girl students of Shree Shantadurga Higher Secondary School were brought to the casualty ward at the CHC.
Police said prima facie, it is suspected that a group of students allegedly used a pepper spray on another group during school hours. Out of the 11 students who were hospitalised, three were referred to the district hospital in Mapusa, said police. Police added that the condition of all the students is stable.