School officials said they were taking precautions and speaking to both children and parents

Chennai school denies attempt to kidnap student rumours Cops beef-up securityImage for representational purpose; PTI
news Schools Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 10:01

A private school in Chennai denied reports of “an attempt to kidnap” a student near its premises.   

Speaking to The News Minute, Sheela Rajendran, Deputy Dean and Director of PSBB School said, “We have checked the messages and there is nothing like that for parents to be alarmed. The forwarded message is creating unnecessary panic.” She said the school was taking precautions and were speaking to both children and parents.  Rajendran also said that the school was not taking the matter “lightly” and that several CCTV cameras have been installed both on and off the campus.    

The PSBB School Director also noted that the police had called on the school following the rumours.  The KK Nagar police had called a meeting with school officials on precautionary measures to take and had also deployed a patrolman, two women constables, a traffic constable and a beat patrolman, reported Times of India.  

Parents, who send their children to PSBB School at KK Nagar in Chennai were horrified after receiving a Whatsapp message of an “attempt to kidnap” a student.

The message, whose sender was anonymous, stated that her “daughter escaped by God’s grace from being kidnapped by a stranger”. Taking place near the entrance of the school, “an unknown person dressed like an auto driver had called her saying you mom is calling u come with me,” read the message. However, the Whatsapp forward noted that it was the child’s presence of mind helped her escape.

No police complaint was filed, reported TOI.

      

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