THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A class 12 student in Kerala was suspended for allegedly hugging a girl studying in class 11 of the same school. The incident took place after the girl performed at an event.
According to the teachers, the hug lasted for nearly 5 minutes and so it cannot be considered as a congratulatory hug.
"Hug lasted for 5 minutes, longer than congratulatory hug & was witnessed by teachers: Sebastian Joseph, Principal of Trivandrum school which expelled a boy student for allegedly hugging a girl student," Sebastian Joseph, Principal of Trivandrum school said.
The principal further said that the boy was found guilty during the inquiry.
Alleging the boy's parents of not co-operating with the school authority, he said that they have also approached the High Court regarding the matter.
The boy had also posted some indecent pictures of with the girl on Instagram, Joseph added.
Defending the matter, the boy said, "We were not alone. I just hugged her for 3-5 seconds. A teacher walked past us, started shouting & took us to Vice Principal. I was told to apologise & I did, The teachers gave the friendly hug a sexual turn. They called my parents for the Board meeting next day."
"School's Secy used sexual slurs in front of my parents describing situation. I was served suspension letter 50 days after incident. They also forced the girl student to give false statements against me, she refused. I want to write exam & not lose a year," he added.