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Strip-search for iPod

Rishra, Sept. 8: A Class XII student of a co-educational English-medium school in Rishra was allegedly stripped and searched by a lady teacher on the corridor in front of a group of male teachers and students after she was accused of hiding her iPod.

Following a complaint to the school management by the mother of the girl and some students, the principal issued two showcause notices to the teacher, who has not responded yet, saying she was “traumatised”.

The incident took place during a “surprise check” last Saturday by a team of senior teachers. The team checked bags to see if students were carrying cellphones and other gadgets banned in school.

The physical education teacher, who was part of the inspection team, claimed to have seen one of the girls hiding “something” inside her uniform.

The teacher allegedly body-searched the girl in class. “Maam first asked her to take out her shirt, which was tucked inside her skirt,” a classmate said. “When she hesitated, the teacher herself pulled out the shirt.”

The girl confessed that she had hidden her iPod inside and requested the teacher to accompany her to the washroom, where she would hand it over to her.

“The teacher got angry and dragged my friend to the corridor. She pulled her skirt down and the iPod popped out. My friend was in tears. Several other teachers were present but none protested,” the classmate said.

The principal told The Telegraph today: “The incident is unfortunate. We will take appropriate action against the teacher once we complete the necessary procedures.”

The physical education teacher said she had been asked to search the girl. “I had to search her because I was instructed by the team to do so,” she said.

The student’s mother said: “My daughter is so traumatised that she has not been able to attend school regularly since Saturday.”