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Slapped schoolboy may go deaf

The management of Ranchi’s St Thomas School on Wednesday suspended the geography teacher who had slapped an eighth grader for “changing seats without permission” on Tuesday, damaging his left eardrum and leaving him partially deaf.

“We took this step following allegations of corporal punishment against the teacher by Asad Bin Sayeed’s mother and uncle, who visited the school today. We are waiting till our principal Father Joseph comes back from Bangalore on Friday,” office-in-charge of the school George Varghese said.

He said he had assured the parents that a “thorough investigation” would be undertaken in the matter.

“Corporal punishment is banned, so this is a serious allegation,” he added.

Asad, who spoke to The Telegraph at his home in HEC Township (quarters no. 1520, Side IV, Sector II), said he studied in Class VIIIB and had been a student of St Thomas since his LKG.

“My geography teacher (Tirkey) thrashed me mercilessly in the last period. I was going to my original seat on the second row from fourth row in the same column when the teacher entered class. There are five rows and five columns in the class of 50 students,” he explained painstakingly.

Once he was back home — he lives with his mother N. Shaheen, a history teacher at Jauhar Academy, and maternal uncle N. Parwez — he started feeling dizzy and had problems hearing.

“When the boy fainted in the evening, we realised the problem was serious and immediately took him to an ENT specialist, Dr S. Prasad, in Hinoo,” said Parwez.

“The boy’s left ear drum is damaged and may leave him with partial loss of hearing,” Dr Prasad later told The Telegraph.

Parwez said he had not lodged an FIR so far.

“But I will if the school management does not sack the teacher, make arrangements for Asad’s special classes till Class X and reimburse his medical bills specific to this injury,” he said.

He added the boy’s academic performance used to hover around 95 per cent till Class VI but had deteriorated in the past two years for which they were taking him to a psychologist. “I just hope he overcomes the trauma of what happened yesterday,” said the uncle.

The school management did not provide Tirkey’s number. Schoolchildren also refused to comment on the matter.


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