Staff Reporter

Education department officials conduct day-long investigations

TAMBARAM: Officials of the Chengalpattu Educational District of the Kancheepuram district administration on Friday conducted day-long investigations at St. Joseph's Higher Secondary School in East Tambaram, where an VIII Standard student was allegedly assaulted by his Headmaster on Children's Day.

Officials said they had spoken to students, teachers and non-teaching staff and also visited the house of Alexander in West Tambaram. They said enquiries would continue.

The Education Committee of the school has denied allegation of assault. In a statement signed by P. Maria Doss and R. Thamilselvan, president and secretary, the committee said its office-bearers conducted their own independent enquiry on Saturday.

They too spoke to teachers, students and other staff, they said, adding none of them had witnessed any such incident on that day.

They wondered why the student's parents had not approached school authorities, officials of the Education Department or the police even three full days after the alleged incident. School authorities, while denying the incident, however categorically stated that if charges were established, they would take appropriate action.

Relatives of Alexander, however, maintained their stand and also pointed to the slip given to them at the Government General Hospital in Chennai where doctors who attended on him had inked their remarks about the pain in the child's abdomen.