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Principal orders 40 students to stand in the sun for seven hours

  • Principal orders 40 students to stand in the sun for seven hours
    Summary: The parents also approached the Nagpada police against the principal, Louisa D`Mello. Parents of other students also came out in support of the protesting parents, saying this was not the first time that the school had punished the students in this manner. Parents were especially infuriated as four of the students who were fasting for Ramzan, had to break their fast after they were made to stand outside the building from 8.

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    Several parents protested at the St Agnes` High School in Byculla on Monday, after more than 40 students were made to stand outside the school for seven hours as punishment for remaining absent last Thursday (July 9). The parents also approached the Nagpada police against the principal, Louisa D`Mello. A majority of the students who were allegedly punished, belong to the Dawoodi Bohra community, and didn`t report to school on July 9 due to Laylat al-Qadr, or the `Night of Power`, which holds a lot of significance for the Muslims as the blessed night, and is considered the most auspicious period to pray for forgiveness.

    "Our children did not sleep the entire night on July 8 and couldn`t attend the school the next day.

    There was no reason for the principal to treat the children in such an insensitive manner by keeping them out for the entire day in the sun knowing that they were fasting," a parent of a class VIII student said. Parents of other students also came out in support of the protesting parents, saying this was not the first time that the school had punished the students in this manner.

    "Last year too, a few students were not allowed to attend classes for a couple of hours. But this year, making them stand outside the school the entire day is outright cruelty," a parent said.

    Source: http://www.mumbaimirror.com/mumbai/others/Principal-orders-40-students-to-stand-in-the-sun-for-seven-hours/articleshow/48064300.cms


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