A primary school teacher is in serious trouble for the way she mistook a student as her dead puppy. The student’s parents have sued Miss Rosie, the teacher, stating that “they were seriously hurt on knowing about this incident.”
The incident came to light on Saturday when Jimmy (7 years of age) did not reach home from school. The police, based on clues given by the child’s classmates, claimed suspicion over the English teacher Rosie, who was on leave from the school that day. On reaching the teacher’s residence, Jimmy was found fetching a ball for her from the garden. Miss Rosie gave a very lame reason for having been absent from school, saying that her puppy had died of the deadly mad cow disease. “Then little Jimmy came here, and he is just like my little puppy,” she said before breaking into tears. This infuriated the parents.
The school was quick to distance itself from the developing scandal. The Public Relations Officer told our reporter, “Ever since the CBSE launched the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) in the education system, like loads of other people, this particular teacher has also been showing symptoms of the Crap that Confuses Everyone (CCE) disease. The death of her puppy might have intensified the problem, and maybe this led her to behave in this manner.”
The CCE syndrome is known to have affected thousands of students, schoolteachers and others trying to understand the pointless modification in the education system. Symptoms are varied and include bizarre activities like studying weeks before the release of even the exam date-sheet, throwing stationery items on people, getting frustrated when your neighbours are attending a marriage ceremony, talking on the phone as if talking in person, and now, mistaking children for dead puppies.
When the parents asked Miss Rosie to explain, she reportedly got angry and said, “Give me five days. I have taught your child for three years. I want just five days. I’ll bring you 10000 pages of evidence in six crates, and each sheet of paper will scream out at you that it was not me, but my twin sister Lily who first mistook the child for a dog.”
Several child welfare societies and NGOs were quick to react. “I think that all she will do is give thousands of pages of uncorrected essays and assignments written by children all through her teaching career,” said the President of one such NGO.
Jimmy’s parents have, meanwhile, demanded from the school a packet of branded detergent to wash the child’s school uniform, and a sum of Rs 1,00,000, to compensate the ill-treatment.