Parents of students at a private school in Janapuri area of Bareilly district on Saturday created a ruckus after the staff allegedly got the hair of around 100 students cut forcibly during the morning assembly as punishment for having “fancy hairstyle”.
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Following the incident, which occurred on Thursday and Friday, the students — from Class IX, XI and XII — complained to their parents, who reached the school Saturday morning and indulged in a heated exchange with the, staff following which the police were called.
The punishment was given to the students at Lions Rohilla School under Prem Nagar police station. According to school authorities, they had already warned the students to do away with “fancy and long hair”, and those who did not follow the order faced punishment. Speaking to The Sunday Express, school principal Anuradha Singh said that students whose got haircuts had been growing long hair, which is against school regulations. “We got their haircut done after they did not take haircut from the barber, even after many reminders. We have not made them bald. It was just a minor haircut so they could be forced to take a proper haircut,” said the principal.
Parents who gathered outside the main gates of the school were protesting how their children had been treated. “The teachers could have called the parents or made a written complaint in the diary in the form of a circular. But getting a haircut done – that too in such a weird way right in the middle of the assembly – is just not acceptable. My son is in Class XI, what if he would have taken some wrong step due to the humiliation?” said Vineet Gupta, father of one of the students.
Parents complained that the hair of their wards were cut badly from one side, which forced their children to go nearly bald in order to rectify it. SHO of Prem Nagar police station M P Singh said neither the school authorities nor any guardian lodged a written complaint. “Initially, the parents were agitated, but we made them and the school staff sit and settle the issue amicably, as the punishment to students is for their own good,” he added.