School wall collapse in TN: Was the apathy of teachers killed the students? Shocking accusation from a student!

Amid growing outrage over the incident of a collapse of a school wall that killed three students in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu, a student of the school has put out a shocking accusation that the apathy of teachers in saving the students had killed them. He alleged that the teachers own a car, but they refused to take the injured students in their car and waited till the ambulance arrive. The accusation has escalated the protests when the state-wide demand to ensure the maintainability of school buildings in Tamil Nadu grows.

The incident had happened on Friday - December 17 at the Schaffter Higher Secondary School in Tirunelveli town. It sits on NS High road and is a 100-year-old institution. The school has been aided by the government and on Friday, the toilet wall of the school had collapsed and fallen on the students standing there. Over 1000 students are studying in the school and the reports say that the walls were weakened due to recent rainfall and at around 11 am on Friday, the toilet wall had collapsed on seven students who were standing there.

Two students were killed on the spot while another one had died on the way to the hospital. According to the data provided by the school, the deceased students are Anbalagan (Class 9), Vishwa Ranjan (Class 8), and Sudheesh (Class 6). The rest four students - Sanjay (Class 8), Isaki Prakash (Class 9), Sheikh Abubakar (Class 12), and Abdullah (Class 7) are under treatment at Tirunelveli Medical College and Hospital. The incident had sparked outrage from the students and parents and the school had witnessed protests on Friday following the incident.

Visuals from the spot had shown current and older students throwing stones at the school over the incident and the school management had informed the parents to take their children home. Tirunelveli District Collector Vishnu has rushed to the spot and held an inquiry with school authorities. The district administration has ordered the school to shut down until further orders and a case has been registered against Persis Gnanaselvi, the headmistress of the school. 

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin had expressed his condolences to the family members of the deceased students and announced solatium. He had announced Rs 10 lakh as ex-gratia to the family of each deceased student while Rs 3 lakh will be provided to the students who are injured. As the incident had stirred a demand for the government to ensure that the schools are maintaining their buildings properly, a student of Schaffter Higher Secondary School has come up with a shocking accusation against the teachers. 

In a video that has been going viral on social media, a student can be heard alleging that the teachers had shown apathy over taking the injured students to the hospital. He alleged that the teachers had refused to take the students to the hospital in their car and waited for an ambulance. He said that every teacher has a car and they would have been saved if they were taken to the hospital in the car. But, the teachers had waited for an ambulance. The student further says that was surrounded by twenty teachers after the wall collapse and all of them have cars. However, no one had come forward to take the students to the hospital in their cars. 

The students of the school had held protests against the headmistress and the school management that no action was taken to fix the wall in the toilet even after filing complaints. As the incident had startled the entire state, the districts are now gearing up to fix the flawed state of the school buildings. According to reports, the district collector of Pudukottai in Tamil Nadu has on Saturday -December 18 ordered the demolition of 100 school buildings in the district after they didn't meet safety standards.