CHENNAI: A Class IX girl was forced to hold an for more than an hour to shield from the sun when they were monitoring a zonal level kho-kho competition at the government higher secondary school for boys in Arakkonam on August 1. The issue came to light after a few TV channels telecast the event, following which footage was circulated on social media, including WhatsApp, causing outrage over the harassment.

A senior official in the district collectorate said, “We will react only after getting a detailed statement from the chief educational officer. If we confirm that the student was harassed, we will initiate legal action against the teachers.” Officials refused to divulge the names of the teachers and the student.

A police officer said, “We are yet to receive a complaint on the student being harassed. If we receive any complaint from the student or her parents, we will take action against the teachers.”

Speaking to TOI, Vellore collector S A Raman said, “One of the teachers works at the CSI Central higher secondary (aided) school in Arakkonam, while the other works at the VGN Matriculation higher secondary school in Arakkonam.”

He added that he inquired into the issue through the Arakkonam district education officer. “I have instructed the correspondents of the schools concerned to initiate action against the teachers. I am awaiting a report from the correspondents,” said Raman.

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