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School assault case: Victim's mother wanted to pull son out of school

Shakuntala Shukla, mother of the 16-year-old boy who was slashed with a blade by his junior on Tuesday, told mid-day that this is not the first instance of violent behaviour to occur in the school

“Last year, when my son was a student of Std IX, there was a similar incident in the school. I was terrified about my son’s safety and decided to withdraw him from the school.

Mumbai Crime: Vengeful teenager slashes senior's neck with a blade

Nishant Shukla, the 16-year-old boy, who was slashed with a blade by his junior on Monday received 38 stitches to his neck and is now recovering at a private hospital in Malad
Nishant Shukla, the 16-year-old boy, who was slashed with a blade by his junior on Monday received 38 stitches to his neck and is now recovering at a private hospital in Malad

However, we gave up on the thought when everyone told us that he just had one more year to go. I had no idea that my son would be the next victim of violence,” said Shakuntala Shukla, mother of the Nishant Shukla, the 16-year-old boy who was slashed with a blade by his junior on Monday, at Fatimadevi English School in Malad (East).

mid-day’s report yesterday
mid-day’s report yesterday

Nishant, a student of Std X, who is now recovering at a private hospital in Malad, said, “I had never imagined that something like this would happen to me just because I tried to end a fight.” Nishant, who received 38 stitches to his neck, is now stable, said his doctor.

Stories of violence
Shakuntala told mid-day that that many stories involving violence have emerged from the school in the past few years. “At one time, a student slapped a teacher because he was asked why he had not finished his homework.

After hearing this, I thought of withdrawing my child from the school, but the school authorities said that since my son just had one more year to go, I should not pull him out. I had never imagined my son would be experiencing the same kind of violence so soon.”

Nishant’s parents were united in their demand for strong measures from the school authorities to prevent similar incidents in future. “The school authorities need to take some strict action against such children in order to maintain discipline in the school. It may be someone else’s child tomorrow,” said Nishant’s parents.

“The school has been utterly ineffectual in imposing a code of conduct or discipline. Forget students, we as teachers do not feel safe in the school and the authorities need to take some strict action right now,” admitted a teacher of the school, requesting anonymity.

Schoolspeak
Kenneth Marchon, the principal of Fatimadevi High School, said, “We cannot comment on the issue right now. We are simply following the police’s instructions.”

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