The management of Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan group of schools released a public note, addressing the enormous number of complaints emerged against one of their faculties named Mr. Rajagopalan. The note which said that the school has zero tolerance towards the behaviour that affects students physically, emotionally and psychologically, mentioned those kind of allegations had not brought the attention of the management in the past. The statement has irked many of the public as there are several stories of students surfaced saying that the management turned a blind eye whenever complaints were made.
The note neither mentioned name of Mr. Rajagopalan nor announced his suspension until the investigation ends which left many in a shocked state. “Dear Parents & Students, Greetings! You may have come across certain allegat ions against a teacher of our KKN Nagar school in social
media posts. We would like to assure you that our school has zero tolerance towards any behaviour that adversely affects the physical, emot ional and psychological well being of our students.” response of PSBB read.
“Contrary to what is mentioned, these kind of allegations have not been brought to the attention of
the management in the past. However, we are taking suo motu notice of the allegations and will
take all necessary steps to address the situation in a free, fair and transparent manner.
The welfare of our students has always been and will be our top priority. Assuring you of our most appropriate course of action. Stay safe, Stay healthy” it further said.
In one of the stories added by Model Kripali who has been sharing the messages sent to her by the students personally, a student could be seen worrying that several complaint letters are being sent to the authorities batch after batch but no action has been taken against Mr. Rajagopalan so far. “The way he treats his girl students is absolutely disgusting. And what is even more disgusting is the sheer number of complaint letters we’ve been sending to the authorities, batch after batch and zero action was taken against him. And some of us were even subtly threatened into silence because he would “ruin our future” if he willed it” says one of the messages.
Check out the screen shot below :
Here’s another set of messages where a student had said that she directly complained to the dean and there was no action taken against the teacher :
On seeing the response of the school management, a social media user wrote “Such a meek response. I expected “suspension till further investigations” at the least. Just shows the school will do nothing about this and wait for it to die on its own. Let us keep up the pressure. PSBB you are NOT getting away with this.” in her tweet whereas another one said “Addressing a complaint should not begin with gas lighting those who have complained by saying no such issue was highlighted earlier. Basically calling the kids liars. Expected better from GiGo.”
Check out some of such comments below :
Such a meek response. I expected “suspension till further investigations” at the least. Just shows the school will do nothing about this and wait for it to die on its own. Let us keep up the pressure. PSBB you are NOT getting away with this. https://t.co/AqbSc03RVT— Shri (@shrishrishrii) May 24, 2021
Addressing a complaint should not begin with gaslighting those who have complained by saying no such issue was highlighted earlier. Basically calling the kids liars. Expected better from GiGo. https://t.co/Ln39dP3RuV— Sowmya Rajendran (@sowmya_rajen) May 24, 2021
Oh, come on now!!! How can the school not be aware of this kind of behaviour that has been happening for decades!! Request and trust that the relevant authorities WILL take appropriate action on Rajagopalan and the school!!#PSBB pic.twitter.com/lYwLyOSaXP— Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli (@LakshmiPriyaaC) May 24, 2021
த்தா விசாரணை முடியும் வர அந்த ஆள நீக்குறேனு கூட வாய் சொல்லல பாருங்களேன்… சட்டப்படியான விசாரணை தான் உண்மைகள கொண்டு வரும்… பள்ளி அளவிலான விசாரணை இந்த விசயத்தை மூடி மறைத்துவிடும்.மேலும் குழந்தைகள் மீதான பாலியல் வன்கொடுமை ஆதலால் சட்ட விசாரணையே தேவை. https://t.co/smB1FwJsfW— Ram (@pebbletwts) May 24, 2021
A very inadequate response from PSBB management to the harrowing and disturbing experiences endured by girl students from a teacher named Rajagopalan. Many batches of students are saying the same things and it’s unpardonable that PSBB hasn’t taken action yet. #PSBB https://t.co/wLeCzCNk9q— Vaishna Roy (@vaishnaroy) May 24, 2021
Pathetic. Zero accountability. “These allegations have not been brought to us in the past” – whatttt??? https://t.co/hyXKvNkPw7— Narayani M (@NarayaniM1) May 24, 2021
Aahan. U appoint a abuser as head of the sexual abuse redressal committee and u r telling there are no complaints received. Brilliant logic. https://t.co/wrSRQug6pV— ஓலைக்கணக்கன் (@Nattu_G) May 24, 2021
No apology or sympathy for the horrors experienced by the students at the hands of thse predators. Besh besh. https://t.co/kBesGnQYdE— Gayatri Khandhadai (@gayatrikl) May 24, 2021
Latest report emerged saying that Mr. Rajagopalan has been brought under the police custody for the investigation. Thanth reported saying that the school management failed to co-operate police inquiry.
#Breaking || மாணவிக்கு செல்போனில் பாலியல் தொந்தரவு அளித்த ஆசிரியர் ராஜகோபாலனை பிடித்து போலீசார் விசாரணை— Thanthi TV (@ThanthiTV) May 24, 2021
விசாரணைக்கு பள்ளி நிர்வாகம் ஒத்துழைப்பு வழங்கவில்லை என காவல்துறை குற்றச்சாட்டு#Madipakkam pic.twitter.com/Fq24nfeOXK
Update : It has been reported that Rajagopalan has been suspended from the school.