BENGALURU: A Class 9 student of Bishop Cotton Boys School who had been missing since Sunday was found on Wednesday. The child had fever and an infection but is safe, his family said.
Express had reported on June 15 that the boy had gone missing on the day that he had to take a re-exam for the subjects that he had not cleared at school. His mother had lodged a missing person’s complaint at Sadashivanagar police station. She alleged her son had been ragged for a year.
Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairperson Kripa Alva said based on Express report, they issued a notice to the school principal and teacher on Thursday to appear before the commission.
The boy was found on a road near Sankey Tank in Sadashivanagar according to his mother.
She added that her son is on antibiotics for fever and infection. The mother has decided to admit the child in a different school.
Reacting to the allegations, school principal Prof John K Zachariah said the boy ran away either due to personal reasons or because he had not prepared for exams. “It was a blatant lie what the mother said regarding not having received a message about the re-exams. How can only one parent not receive an SMS? It is hard to believe,” he said.
A co-ordinator of the school confessed that the child had approached her with regard to a few students “teasing” him, but no action was taken. The school claims to have erected 100 boards with messages against ragging and bullying on campus. The principal claimed that all efforts were made to accommodate the child even though his academic scores were not up to mark.