In this PCMC-run school, students come drunk, inhale toxic whiteners
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PCMC-run Madhyamik Vidyalaya in Kasarwadi is getting famous for all the wrong reasons. Students here are coming to school drunk, are using toxic whiteners for intoxication in school and are indulging in quarrels.
Two groups of students in the school have been bashing up each other inside and outside the school premises, throwing stones at the school and swearing revenge at each other, said a student.
PCMC secondary education official Vishnu Jadhav said he has launched an investigation into the functioning of the school.
A Class IX student said he was so terriffied that he came to school on Saturday along with his family and relatives. "One of my classmates living in the slum has threatened to kill me. Yesterday he came with four-five boys...but I managed to escape," said Aseem (named changed). His mother said, "For two days my son has not slept. He is scared he might be killed. His exams are going on, we don't know what to do."
The mother went to the police chowky with her relatives on Saturday. The police summoned families of other boys, warned them and let them go with the promise that they would not repeat such acts.
But the matter has not ended there. Principal V D Hulawle said things have gone out of control in PCMC-run schools. Some students, the principal said, often come drunk to the school. "Several of them are addicted to toxic whiteners. In the past few months, we have caught four students and handed them over to the police. The police themselves caught one student," she said.
"Quarrels among students have become a regular happening. In spite of our complaining, parents are not taking any note of this," said a senior teacher. Another teacher said the habit of sniffing whiteners from handkerchiefs has become common among students.
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