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Principal, VP Suspended After Girl Bit & Killed by Snake in Class

Shehal Sherin, a fifth standard student, died after being bitten by a snake inside her classroom on Wednesday.

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Shehal Sherin, a fifth standard student, died after being bitten by a snake inside her classroom on Wednesday.
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Amid mounting protests, the Kerala government on Friday, 22 November, suspended the principal and vice-principal of the school where a 10-year-old girl died of snake bite inside the classroom.

Various student organisations also took out protest marches to the district collectorate at Kalpetta demanding action against those responsible for her death.

The protesters were reportedly lathi-charged by Kerala Police.

Raising slogans and holding placards, the students in their uniforms, took out the march through Sulthan Bathery town and converged in front of the government vocational higher secondary school in Wayanad district.

Shehal Sherin, a fifth standard student, died after being bitten by a snake inside her classroom on Wednesday.

Congress leader and Wayanad MP, Rahul Gandhi, wrote to Vijayan, saying the school's "crumbling infrastructure" needed urgent attention of the state government.

After a preliminary probe, a teacher, Shijil, was suspended for alleged lapse.

CM Assures Strong Action

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the incident was unfortunate and assured strong action against those responsible for the lapse in saving the child's life.

“The teachers are supposed to educate the children on how to react in such situations. But in this case, the teachers, despite repeated requests from students failed to take the child to hospital,” the chief minister said.

Strong action will be taken against those responsible for any lapses in their duty, Vijayan added.

Congress leader and Wayanad MP, Rahul Gandhi wrote to Vijayan, saying the school’s “crumbling infrastructure” needed urgent attention of the state government.

‘Not Even a First Aid Box in School,’ Says Student

“We want justice for Shehal. Stern action should be taken against the Parents Teachers Association (PTA), the teachers who refused to rush the student to hospital and the doctors who refused to treat her,” a student said.

A boy student, with a plastic snake wrapped around his neck, said there is not even a first aid box in the school where there are snakes slithering everywhere on the playground and in classrooms.

Meanwhile, Wayanad District Sessions Judge, A Harris visited the school this morning and saw the sorry state of the school and its premises and said it was unfortunate.

"We are taking the situation seriously," he told reporters.

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Kerala Human Rights Commission and Child Rights Protection Commission have registered separate cases.

(With inputs from ANI, PTI)

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