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Marathahalli school to remain open today after leopard sighting

On a weekend, students try their best to forget class work and school. But Sunday was an exception for students of Vibgyor High at Marathahalli. Parents, however, were worried when they saw the drama unfold on television. Once the leopard was trapped, the authorities announced that the school would remain open for classes on Monday as usual.



While some parents and students stayed glued to their television screens in awe watching the big cat walk through their corridors and playground, some others made a quick visit to the school to witness the Forest Department’s operation to capture the leopard.



Bindu Pattaswamy, parent of a class one student, said parents’ groups on cross-platform mobile messaging apps were constantly buzzing and many of them were anxious if the school would function on Monday. “Although some parents panicked initially, we saw Forest and police department officials at the spot and were reassured,” she said.



Meanwhile, the school management sent two messages to the parents: one was sent at 1.30 p.m. which said that Forest Department officials were sanitising the campus; the second, sent at around 8.30 p.m., made it clear that the school would function on Monday and that the campus was safe as the leopard had been caught.



Roshan D’souza, principal, Vibgyor High, Marathahalli, in a press release, said, “Amidst the high rise buildings, it is unfortunate that the leopard entered the area. However, with the help of our security system and CCTV cameras, the leopard activity was traced by our security personnel in time. The school immediately took necessary measures and informed the local police and the Forest Department to ensure safety at the school and in the vicinity.”




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