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3 dozen students crying inconsolably without reason foxes authorities

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Jammu, Jun 20: A shocking video of over three dozen students, mostly girls, crying inconsolably together without any apparent reason in their classroom have flummoxed J&K education authorities, prompting them to provide psychological counselling to children.

The authorities swung into action soon after the video related to the last week incident occurring on two consecutive days, June 13 and 14, at a school in Kathua near here went viral.

Nearly three dozen students, mostly girls, of the Government High School at Bani in Kathua could be seen in the short video clip lying on the floor and crying inconsolably as their teachers try to console them.

"On June 13, the impact was less but on the next day soon after the morning assembly was over and the children were heading for their classes, such a behaviour was witnessed," Kathua Chief Education Officer Prem Nath said.

The officer said he immediately deputed teams from nearby schools and the concerned Sub-Divisional Magistrate and Tehsildar along with a medical team and an ambulance was rushed to the school.

The medical team examined the children but found no health problem with them.

"We also contacted children's parents and were informed that some of them have shown similar behaviour at their homes," he said, adding there was nothing wrong since then in the school and the children are attending their classes as usual.

He said a two-member 'guidance and counselling' team was deputed to the school on Thursday morning for the benefit of the children and to avoid mass hysteria.

"The team will continue its counselling in future as well," he said, adding the principal of the school was directed to immediately call the parents if any student repeats such behaviour in future.

Teacher thrashes children for coming late to class

Jammu, Jun 20: A video showing a teacher thrashing students in Doda district went viral on Thursday as authorities promised action against the teacher.

The video shows the teacher assaulting the students for being late by 10 minutes for the tuition class at a hostel for tribal Gujjar and nomadic Bakarwal children on June 18.

Officials said the teacher should have adopted persuasive means rather than resorting to corporal punishment. "The teacher confessed after he was shown the video. We have ordered an inquiry and action would be taken as per rules," officials said.

The teacher, Mohammad Yaseen Choudhary, was immediately placed under suspension soon after the video went viral, said officials, adding he was directed to remain in office from morning to evening till the completion of the inquiry which was ordered into the incident.

On May 16, a similar video showing students washing cars of their teachers had gone viral in Anantnag district of the Kashmir Valley.

The offending teachers were removed from the school with disciplinary action taken against them.

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