7-year-old girl left locked in school for 18 hours due to staff negligence

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Updated on Sep 22, 2022 11:27 IST

When the girl did not come back home, her grandmother reached the school only to be told by the staff that there were no children left there, according to the girl’s maternal uncle.

A school staff unknowingly left a seven-year-old girl locked up in the school for 18 hours after it went home without checking if any child was left behind. The incident of a school located in Sambal, Uttar Pradesh. The incident came to light only when the school opened on Wednesday morning. Block Education Officer Pope Singh said the Class 1 student of primary school in Dhanari Patti of Gunnaur tehsil was left behind after school hours on Tuesday. "She was found this morning when the school opened. The girl is fine," the BEO said.

Case of negligence and action against entire staff

When the girl did not come back home, her grandmother reached the school only to be told by the staff that there were no children left there, said the girl’s maternal uncle. The family searched for her in the forested area but she was not found anywhere. When the school opened at 8 am on Wednesday, it came to the light that the girl had remained locked in the school room overnight.

Block Education Officer Singh said that after the school hours were over, the teachers and other staff members did not inspect the rooms. "It is a case of negligence and action will be taken against the entire staff," he added. In a similar incident, ten staffers, including the headmaster of a government primary school in Uttar Pradesh's Hathras district have been suspended in July after a sleeping Class 2 student was left locked in the classroom.

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