A school teacher in Karnataka’s Vijiayapura district has earned the wrath of the parents and officials alike, after she allegedly cut off several students’ hair in the class.
When Sridevi Dhawalagi, a teacher of English at Government Adarsh School in Hunshyal village of Basavana Bagewadi taluk, found that some of the boy students of Class 8 had reportedly not followed her instructions to trim their hair, the teacher decided to enforce it herself.
Armed with a pair of scissors, she reportedly proceeded to cut off their hair.
Speaking to The Times of India, Sridevi Dhawalagi said:
“I have been warning some boys in Class 8 for a few days now to trim their hair. But they continued to attend class with long hair streaked with red, yellow and other colours. This trend spread, and students of Class 5 and 6 started imitating them. Monday was their deadline to cut hair.”
The teacher insisted that she had cut off their hair “without insulting them”.
However, parents of the students soon rushed to the school to question the teacher’s method of enforcing discipline.
The teacher’s explanation hardly convinced them.
“If the teachers feel the students are not disciplined, then the school must bring the matter to the notice of parents,” a few parents told The Hindu.
Admitting that there has been a mistake on the part of the teacher, S.S. Biradar, Deputy Director of Public Instruction said that he would issue a notice to the teacher seeking clarification on her actions.