No bullying case at Bishop Cotton School: officials

May 22nd, 2009 - 10:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, May 22 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government Friday gave a clean chit to the prestigious Bishop Cotton School here regarding a case of bullying reported in the institution, officials said.
Two students of the school had alleged that they were being regularly bullied by their seniors. One of the students was injured after seniors allegedly beat Class 9 students Monday. Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal Thursday ordered the Shimla district administration to conduct an inquiry and submit the report within 24 hours.

“No cognizable offence is made out against school authorities. It was just a minor scuffle among students,” Shimla Deputy Commissioner Amar Singh Rathor told IANS.

He said both the students, who left the school May 19, were facing some adjustment problems.

“Our inquiry reveals that both the students were having some adjustment problems in the school,” he said.

Shimla Superintendent of Police R.M. Sharma said he had received no complaint on the incident.

“There has been no complaint from the parents of the affected students. Action will be initiated as soon as any complaint is received,” he said.

The school headmaster, Roy Christopher Robinson also told IANS that both the students were having adjustment problems in the school.

“It’s a stray incident… we tried to convince the parents but unfortunately they were not cooperating with us,” he said.

However, Surjit Singh, father of one of the two students, said: “My son, who got admission in the school three months back, was (being) regularly bullied and assaulted by his seniors in the hostel. On Monday he was again beaten up by his seniors.”

“We came to know about the incident in the morning (Tuesday). We reached the school in the evening and lodged a complaint with the principal. But he showed ignorance about the incident,” he said.

Similarly, another student of the same class has also alleged excesses by seniors.

His father Kuldeep Singh Turna, a British citizen of Indian origin, complained that his son was facing mental and physical torture for the past many months.

Turna said he has already informed the British High Commission in New Delhi about the incident.

Bishop Cotton, one of Asia’s oldest boarding schools, was established in 1859. It boasts of alumni like constitutional expert Fali S. Nariman, writer Ruskin Bond, golfer Jeev Milkha Singh and former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh.

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