Heads of schools came up with lots of complaints about the behaviour of students ranging from troubling girls to threatening teachers that they would commit suicide.
At a meeting organised by District Police and Department of Education here on Tuesday against the backdrop of increasing complaints about clashes among students and drug addiction, the school heads sought police action against anti-social elements who consumed liquor and played cards on the premises.
One of the school heads from Sholavandan said the boys were teasing the girls outside the school premises. Another headmaster stated that such problems were brought to the schools with students polarising on caste lines.
The headmaster of a city school wanted different timings for boys’ and girls’ schools to avoid eve-teasing incidents. At this point, Superintendent of Police V.Balakrishnan said the police would conduct surprise raids on buses.
Another headmaster brought up the case of a girl student whose education was under threat as moneylenders were threatening her widowed mother.
A headmaster complained that a liquor shop situated near the school was having a bad influence on the students. “Since, the people are seen drinking on the road, the students tend to take to liquor,” he said.
An incident of a student, who was scolded by a teacher, threatening the teacher that he would commit suicide was narrated by the headmistress of a school. “The teachers are now afraid of correcting the students,” she said. The SP said the teachers should not take such threats lightly, and alert the parents immediately.
Referring to complaints of anti-social elements using school premises, the SP said the police would raid such places.
Stating that teachers were agents of change among the students, he asked them to be vigilant against child marriages. “You can inform the police. An SMS is enough and your identity will not be revealed,” he said.
Mr.Balakrishnan said school students were enticed by rowdy elements into anti-social activities and made addicts to tobacco and drugs. He cautioned the teachers against concealing such activities in the garb of protecting the reputation of the schools.
District Education Officer Nataraj urged the teachers to develop a society-centric attitude among the students.