Unable to bear the torture by a private school administration to collect special fee, a plus two student committed suicide in his class room here on Monday, sparking protests from parents and relatives who resorted to road blockade demanding action against the school management.
Sources said, some hostel inmates of Laurel Higher Secondary School in Kurumpakadu near Aranthangi found one of their classmates having committed suicide by hanging himself in his classroom. They alerted the hostel warden and later his parents. The deceased was identified as Arunraj(17) son of Muthusamy of Kodikarambai near Keeramangalam in the district.
On information, parents and relatives of the deceased assembled on Pattukottai-Aranthangi road and staged a blockade. The protesting relatives alleged that the school management tortured him to pay the special fees of `20,000 even as his father Muthusamy got grace time to remit it. Despite the assurance by Arunraj’s parents, it was alleged that the management applied too much pressure on him after he secured poor marks in the last revision examination conducted in January last week.
The parents said, due to the extreme pressure by the school management, he ended his life. They urged the education department and police to take action against the school and hostel management and punish them accordingly.
On information, Arulmurugan, CEO of Pudukkottai, Durai, RDO of Aranthangi, Vetrichelvan and DSP of Aranthangi rushed to the spot and held talks with the protestors and pacified them with an assurance that severe action would be taken on the management, if they were found guilty.
The protestors gave up the agitation based on the authorities’ assurance.