Allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against a commerce teacher of the PSBB Group of schools surfaced on social media and soon went viral after a group of students who are currently studying in the school, shared them on Sunday night. After the incident, several alumni also made several other allegations.
Kripali an former student shared the story in her Instagram account. Kripali told that some students had initially reached out to her to ask if students from her batch had faced such sexual misconduct from a Commerce teacher at the KK Nagar branch, Rajagopalan. He has reportedly been teaching Commerce and Accountancy for over 20 years at PSBB K.K. Nagar. “After receiving the first message,I put out a message asking students currently studying in the school to get in touch with me about the same. After speaking to a few of them, I began to share their experiences,” she said. Several students responded to her messages and shared instances of Mr. Rajagopalan’s inappropriate behavior — both during physical classes as well as virtual classes.
PSBB Official Statement
Sheela Rajendra, Dean, Director and Correspondent, PSBB Group of Schools and Geetha Govindarajan, PSBB K.K. Nagar Principal refuted the allegations that these concerns had 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,” they said and assured the students of an appropriate course of action.
The school has zero tolerance towards any behavior that adversely affects the physical, emotional, and psychological well being of our students added in the statement.
Tamilnadu School Education Department to look into allegations
Minister for School Education Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi said that he has asked officials from the School Education department to look into the allegations.
“The CEO under whose jurisdiction the school comes has enquired with the school management about the allegations. The school has told us that they will be setting up a committee to look into the issue and inform us about it. Appropriate action will be taken,” he said.
Inquiry should be conducted and action must be taken against those who are involved including school authorities who failed to act against the complaints from students. I promise to take this to the concerned authorities,DMK MP Kanimozhi