Boy dies after being told to stand outside classroom

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A boy studying in class XI who’s committed suicide today by setting himself ablaze in the school laboratory at Pallathur here after being told to stand outside the classroom for not performing well in history test.

Sebastian Teacher Selvaraj, the history teacher of a private higher secondary school here, had asked Prakash and 11 other students to stand outside the classroom, police said.

Prakash then went to the school laboratory, poured out kerosene on his body and set himself ablaze, they said, adding Selvaraj has been arrested.

The teacher claimed that he was under pressure from both the management and officials to ensure better performance by the students but they were ‘adamant’ in not studying well and following classes, police said.

Asking the students to stand outside the classroom was the mildest reprimand that could given them. It was only to infuse a sense of responsibility in them, Selvaraj said.

District Collector Malarvizhi and the Chief Education officer visited the school to inquire into the incident.

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