Due to the enormous stress in school, plus-two student Datchinamoorthy committed suicide by hanging himself in the classroom of a private school near Vriddhachalam on Wednesday. Police registered a case of abetment of suicide against the school management.
Datchinamoorthy (17), son of Shanmugam, a contractor, was studying in the VET Higher Secondary School, Erumanur. Though Datchinamoorthy’s native village, Vayalur, is located near Vriddhachalam, the school management had made it compulsory for Class X and XII students to stay in hostel. However, the students were made to live in classrooms and keep their belongings in corners.
When hostel staff was waking up the students at 4 am, Datchinamoorthy’s absence was noticed. Shockingly, he was found hanging from a ceiling fan in a nearby classroom. Relatives blamed the school management for putting enormous pressure on students, that lead to the death of Datchinamoorthy.
On Tuesday night, Datchinamoorthy phoned his relative Baskar and lamented about the hostel and the strict rules in the school.
Speaking to Express, Baskar said, “He called me last night and told me to come and take him home, as he was upset over the hostel. I pacified him and told him that I would meet him the next day. But the next day, I was told he committed suicide in the classroom.”
As the news spread, the student’s parents, relatives and members of Human Rights Protection Centre (HRPC) thronged the school campus.
Members of HRPC led by advocate Raju staged a sit-in protest on the campus, seeking action against the school management.