Amidst the furore that took place surrounding a male teacher named Rajagopalan, actress Gouri Kishen who is known among Tamil cinema audience for her appearances in films such as “96”, “Master”, “Karnan”, came up with a sereis of stories calling out “Hindu Senior Secondary School” that is located in Adyar where studied. Gouri feels that her schooling there was hugely problematic too. The actress had said that students are facing Slut Shaming, Casteism, Bullying, Body Shaming, Character Assasination, Objectification and baseless accusations.
Rajagopalan of PSBB got arrested under POSCO and other relevant acts for sexually harassing female students. The school management which reportedly failed to co=operate initially, suspended him. Many other accusations are being made against teachers and other school managements by the former students and current students. Kripali who brought the PSBB issue to the light through her Instagram stories, has been sharing the messages she is personally receiving whereas singer cum metoo activist Chinmayi also sharing the messages she has been receiving from the former students.
Now, Gouri Kishan, through a series of stories in her Instagram account, explained about the ordeal she went through during her schooling. “Revisiting memories are thought to be nostalgic, but not so much when it’s about childhood trauma. In the formative years that we spend in school, it pains me to
think of the number of students like myself who have been put through so much agony!
Schools are supposed to be a nurturing ground for a student, not a place you fear of being labelled and branded for your worth.” Gouri started sharing about her experience in the Hindu senior secondary school, Adyar.
“In light of the recent expose on PSBB for harassment and misconduct, I’d like to put forward that my schooling in Hindu Senior Secondary, Adyar was hugely problematic too” She said. “After speaking to several of my school mates about the same, we ‘ve all come to a collective realisation that there was a great deal of ingrained normalising that had taken place in the school environment. Slut Shaming, Casteism, Bullying, Body Shaming, Character Assassination, Objectification, baseless accusations thrown at students, consequentially having a profound impact on a child’s self esteem. Most of us from HSSS, myself included, have faced all of the above, first hand.” she wrote in her story.
“I don’t wish to take names of the teachers who caused the emotional mayhem, but it certainly does not discount the fact that I wish to see a serious shift in culture. The environment in school was toxic as hell, and my heart goes out to each and every person who faced similar trauma-hearing personal accounts of PSBB, CV has been distressing, to say the least. Honestly, at this point, I’m genuinely shocked that in spite of the messed up schooling, many of us turned out quite alright but childhood trauma (especially unresolved ones) run deep, and is proven psychologically that it is the reason behind several issues we face in adulthood too!” her story further read.
“Having recalled this unpleasantness has been traumatic but a huge burden off my chest. Now I wish, more of you come out with your personal accounts in order to take this up with the school administration formally, so that we can at least hope that the forthcoming batches don’t face
similar abuse! I hope this gains more traction so that we don’t stand witness to another generation of students growing up in toxic school environments. Do use the hashtag and share your personal experiences, your identity will remain anonymous! This ingrained conditioning and
normalising has to STOP now!” Gouri said and gave a shout out to Kripali, Chinmayi and others who helped the issue to get wide attention.
Check out the screen shots of her stories below :