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Facebook case: The problem of 3 exceptions

The trouble over ‘Vivek High Facebook case’ does not seem to cease: this time,the parents of the rusticated students have complained about the “pick and choose” policy adopted by the school in the punishment meted out to all 16 students.

The trouble over ‘Vivek High Facebook case’ does not seem to cease: this time,the parents of the rusticated students have complained about the “pick and choose” policy adopted by the school in the punishment meted out to all 16 students. Three students accused of being involved in the act of posting derogatory remarks against their teacher have been spared of the punishment and allowed to participate in the school activities,including the Founder’s Day.

Objection #1

The captain of one of the four houses of the school,who was also involved in the case,is not only participating in the weeklong Founder’s Day that got under way on Saturday but is also leading the ‘march past’. The fact is evident from his Facebook account where he has uploaded his pictures of taking part in the practice and even leading the march past. The parents lamented that despite his involvement and the inclusion of his name in the list of rusticated students released by the school,he was allowed to participate in the Founder’s Day.

“This is a clear discriminatory attitude of the school authorities. Is being the school captain a reason good enough to be spared the punishment? Also,initially the school scholar badge was taken away from him; but it was recently returned to him. He is allowed to participate in the Founder’s Day when all other students are not even allowed to enter the school as audience. Despite having valid passes,they are stopped at the gate,” said a parent.

Objection #2

The main accused,who uploaded the answer-sheet on the social networking site,has also been allowed to participate in the Founder’s Day function. In addition to that,he was also recently allowed to participate in the Model United Nations conference on October 19.

Objection #3

The third accused is a girl,who was rusticated along with others on October 6. A team comprising four students,including her,participated in the five-day International Independent Schools Public Speaking Competition (IISPSC-2010) that concluded on October 19.

The parents met the school authorities on Saturday to complain about this discrimination among the students; but the school has neither given any assurance,nor taken any corrective action. The parents are also fearing that this discrimination would be soon reflected in the internal assessments or the pre-board examinations,which would commence in December.

Officialspeak

The school chairman,H S Mamik,when asked about this alleged discrimination against the students,said the decisions were based on an independent assessment by a group of teachers,which is not questionable. “There is nothing wrong in considering the exemplary behaviour of some of the students. Based on the internal assessments of a child,who may be an exceptional case,these decisions might have been taken,” he said.

The Punishment

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The students,though initially suspended for a week,were later rusticated for three months. Later,the school reduced the suspension till November 15,but attached three conditions to it: the students will not be part of the weeklong school Founder’s Day celebrations and the function,they will be detained everyday for one hour after school starting November 15 till December 24 for community and social service programmes,and each student will submit a written apology in the form of a 500-word essay on the incident apologising to the entire teaching fraternity.