Students used for dangerous stunts

Govt seeks explanation from authorities

Students used for dangerous stunts

A motorcyclist riding on a plank placed over a schoolgirl during a bravery show organised by a government elementary school in Villupuram in Tamil Nadu. AFP

The event, held at an elementary school in Villupuram district, 162 km from Chennai, evoked strong criticism from child rights activists.

The show, organised recently in connection with birth anniversary celebrations of former Chief Minister K Kamaraj, began with students displaying their karate skills followed by the motorcyclist riding on the hands of children from classes one to five, who were lying on the ground.

Later, the rider drove the two-wheeler over a wooden plank placed on a school girl’s stomach.

However, the show came to an end after the wife of Tamil Nadu Higher Education Minister K Ponmudi, the chief guest on the occasion, asked the school authorities to stop the event, a member of the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA), said. School authorities claimed the event was organised after obtaining theParents-Teachers Association’s consent.

They said the students were trained to take part in the event and none had sustained any injuries.

The state government has sought an explanation from Villupuram Chief Educational Officer.
Disapproving such events, Ponmudi said a circular would be sent to all schools not to encourage them.

PTI

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