Bengaluru students bring condoms, oral contraceptives, lighters, cigarettes, bleach and plenty of cash to school. Authorities adhering to Karnataka Associated Administrations for Primary and Secondary Schools (KAMS) orders and searching students’ bags were horrified when they recovered more than just cell phones so the surprise inspection was launched.
The whole bag-checking exercise reportedly started with several people complaining about students bringing mobile phones into the classroom.
According to a Deccan Herald report, the Karnataka Associated Administrations for Primary and Secondary Schools (KAMS) asked schools to start checking students’ bags.
After the incident, some schools held parent-teacher conferences, “The parents were equally shocked and told us about sudden behavioural changes in the children,” said the principal of a school in Nagarabhavi.
However, the search ended up finding condoms, birth control pills, lighters, cigarettes, bleach and excess cash in the bags of students in grades 8, 9 and 10. After the incident, the school administration informed the parents of the students and told them to be careful about it.
Some of the schools in Bangalore city held special parent-teacher meetings, during which the children’s relatives were “equally shocked” and reported sudden changes in their pupils’ behaviour to the authorities.
“Although we have counselling sessions in schools, we ask parents to seek outside help for their children and we give them leave of up to 10 days,” the report cites the headmaster of a school in Nagarabhavi.
KAMS General Secretary D Shashi Kumar said that in recent days, authorities noticed students harassing teachers and classmates and using foul language, intimidation and obscene gestures. “Such behaviour is seen even in Class 5 children. We are struggling to get over this shock,” he added.
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