Schools shut early, but kids unable to reach home

Schools shut early, but kids unable to reach home

Schools shut early, but kids unable to reach home

Helpless schoolchildren were left to fend for themselves as schools shut and asked them to go home following violence in the city on Monday. However, there was no way they could reach home.

It was 2 pm. Arpith, a Class VI student of a private school in Malleswaram, was stranded at the Malleswaram Circle bus stop. BMTC buses went by without stopping as they were overcrowded and the boy did not have enough money to reach home. Arpith just stood helpless as he was unable to reach home two kilometres away.

“As I walked out of school, I saw people fighting across the street. My teacher told me that there was chaos about Cauvery,” said Arpith, who waited for over half an hour for transport.
Just as their schools announced that classes were suspended, students of several schools were asked to rush home.

On their way out, they saw members of pro-Kannada organisations shouting slogans and pulling down shutters of several shops. While private vehicles could not make it to school on time due to traffic jams, BMTC buses were too full.

Hundreds of students were left in the lurch with no public transport.

Just as they walked out of the exam hall, students of the Government PU College, Malleswaram, were also asked to leave. Several private schools sent out text messages to parents asking them to pick up their children.

Students of engineering colleges on Mysuru Road and Kanakapura Road asked students to stay back in their colleges for their safety.

“Even as our classes were suspended by 3 pm, I was able to reach home only by 8 pm. On normal days, it takes not more than an hour,” said Rakesh, a II year BE student of a private college near Ramanagaram.

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