In shocking incidents, articles such as razors, cigarettes, lighters, porn magazines and even gutkha pouches have been seized from the bags of students of prominent schools in Lucknow. Yes, you read it right, these materials were found in a school students’ bags. Alarmed by the shocking incident, where a Class 1 boy was found with stab wounds in the school toilet and a senior girl student emerged as a suspect, a dozen prominent city schools had carried out random checks of school bags, reported the Hindustan Times. This practice was exercised to see if students were bringing anything that could harm others and hence schools in Lucknow decided to take preventive measures.
In some schools, the bags were reportedly checked 15 minutes before the interval. The teachers of an all-boys educational institution reportedly found pornography magazine with a brown cover and a label of science subject. Packets of cigarettes and lighters were also recovered from bags of several boys. Some of the boys even brought razors, shaving foam and trimmers, reported HT. Meanwhile, when the same inspection was carried out in an all-girls educational institution, some common items such as scissors, blade, nail polish, lipsticks, and perfumes were found in their bags.
Most of the schools have banned bringing mobile phones to classrooms. However, not only had many of the students brought phones, but also iPods and other gadgets. The phones were later seized by the authorities. As per the report, the surprise checks have revealed that students are flouting rules with impunity. Schools have now directed the parents to keep a check on the school bags of their wards.
In a recent incident, a Class 1 student was injured when he was allegedly attacked with a sharp-edged weapon in the toilet of a private school in Lucknow, an incident similar to the killing of a Ryan school student in Gurgaon. The incident took place last morning in the toilet of Brightland School in Triveni Nagar locality in which six-year-old Ritik was injured. Panic gripped the school when other parents came to know about the incident and charged the school administration with trying to hush up the case.