Ear boxed for playing with cellphone, class 11 student sends teacher to hospital with bleeding nose

Most of the teachers are in favour of expulsion of the student.

Updated: Jul 27, 2018 11:38:59

By Koushik Dutta

The teacher asked the student a number of times to put away his phone but he paid no heed. (HT Photo)

Scolded and ear boxed for fiddling with his cellphone inside the class, a student punched his teacher in the nose and left him bleeding in a Bengal school on Wednesday.

The accused, 17-year-old Seikh Alamin alias Kajal, is a student of class 11.

Read: Guest column | Excessive use of mobiles ring in trouble for youth

The incident took place at Hari Prasad High School in Nalhati in Bengal’s Birbhum district, about 238 km to the north-west of Kolkata.

Swadesh Saha, the Bengali teacher, was rushed to Rampurhat hospital, about 15 km from Nalhati, where he was subjected to a CT scan.

In recent years, numerous incidents of violence and mishaps around the country have been triggered by cellphones.

Read: US releases guidelines to minimise cell phone radiation exposure

The school authorities have convened a meeting of the management committee on Monday to decide the fate of the student.

“Though no formal complaint has been lodged by the teacher, we have taken the matter seriously. Many of our teachers are in favour of expulsion of the student. The final decision will be taken at the meeting of the school management committee,” said Abdul Kalam Mandal, head master of Hari Prasad High School.

Teachers of the school said the incident took place on Wednesday, when Swadesh Saha was teaching in the class. He noticed Kajal fiddling with his cellphone, which he was holding under the table to avoid the teacher’s attention.

Saha asked the boy to keep the phone aside and pay attention.

Read: Don’t use mobile if you want to avoid being hit by lightning, says Madhya Pradesh weather dept

The student, however, did not stop and continued to play with his phone after repeated warnings. At this point, Saha scolded him and boxed his ear. Kajal retaliated with punches on his teacher’s nose.

The teacher started bleeding profusely and fainted. Other students in the class informed the headmaster.

Saha was admitted in Rampurhat Hospital and shifted to a private hospital on Thursday. “I was shocked by the student’s reaction. I am still in pain,” Saha said from the hospital.

First Published: Jul 27, 2018 11:38:59


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