VELLORE: The education department on Tuesday suspended the Headmistress (HM) and a teacher of Government Elementary School at Konavattam, in connection with an allegedly sexual abuse of a class IV standard student by a 21-year-old student of a private teacher training institute, on the school premises.
District Elementary Education Officer(DEEO) V Ranganathan submitted a petition to the District Police Department, to file a case against Immanuel Kanmani, a resident of Police Quarters in Kaspa, for reportedly sexually abusing the girl student on Friday last. The incident created a flutter in the locality for more than half an hour from around 10 am.
Kanmani was attending classes of class IV, to observe how the teachers handled classes. On Friday, he came to the school to collect the certificate from the HM A Patchaimmal, for attending the teacher training course at the school. On that day, he reportedly sexually abused one of the class IV standard students. The student told her parents about the incident. Irked over this, the parents and their neighbours gathered on the school premises and demanded action against Kanmani. On information, the DEEO and his subordinates rushed to the school and pacified the parents that they would take action. However, several parents took their children back home, to register the protest.
The DEEO conducted an inquiry with HM Patchaimmal and class teacher of standard IV R Jansi on charges of dereliction on duty. “We also submitted a report to the Chief Education Officer and a complaint has been lodged with the SP office, to take legal action against Immanuel Kanmani,” added DEEO Ranganathan.