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Saturday, August 02, 2008 10:10:55 AM (IST)  

Mangalore: Slapping Incident at St Aloysius College - Both Parties Call Truce

Mangalore: Slapping Incident at St Aloysius College - Both Parties Call Truce

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (SP)

Mangalore, Aug 2: Principal of St Aloysius College Fr Swebert D'Silva clarified to the media that he had not slapped the second year BBM student Amogh alleged, but had only pinched his ear. My nails came into contact with his skin and he got a gash as a result, in the back of his ear, he explained. The student is said to have undergone treatment at the government Wenlock Hospital here as an outpatient.

The principal added that only the under-graduate classes were disrupted after first two classes and post-graduate classes went on smoothly. After the students chose to stay away from the classes after 11 am, holiday was declared for the under-graduate classes, he informed.

Amogh had said that the watchman had snatched away his identity card and produced him in the principal's chamber for riding in a reckless manner in the campus premises. He was driving fast as he was late, he explained.

St Aloysius Institutions Rector Fr Francis Serrao chaired a meeting of student leaders and lecturers in the evening. Fr Serrao later informed that the students were given an assurance from him that such incidents do not recur in future in the college and that he had personally assured them in this regard. The issue is settled following the meeting, he said, adding that the principal too has apologized for the incident.

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Comments on this article
Joe Sequeira, Bangalore
Saturday, August 09, 2008

I was a student of 1957 matriculation when SAC had perhaps the brightest students. We were also mischevious but dare not ask for an apology from the Principal We were punished for our wrong doings. We were brought up with utmost dicipline and most of the boys are now respected and successful. My thanks to the SAC and I support the view that the students who created this conforntation should be expelled from the SAC to maintain discipline otherwise the boys will take a upper hand and create further trouble to SAC and tarnish the good name and reputation of the SAC.

Sunil D'Souza, Mangalore
Tuesday, August 05, 2008

People can not trust the version of the student.

Amogh Dsouza, Mangalore
Tuesday, August 05, 2008

As Amog a student of II BBM in St Aloysious College reached few minutes late to the college in the morning, the watchman took his ID card from him and handed it over to the principal. The principal Fr Swebert D'Silva put false blame that Amog was riding his bike too fast in the college premises and manhandled him. In fact he continuously hit him, forcing him to agree that he was riding his bike very fast along with his friends. Amog was continuously beaten up by the principal because he did not agree to whatever the principal forced him to agree. Actually the principal was trying to put someone else's blame on innocent Amog. He struck him badly and his ears started bleeding and on seeing this the student union decided to go on a strike. The enraged students demanded for an apology from the principal as it was not the first time that such an instance taken place. In fact the principal had not handled many other students also and the strike was taken back because principal apologized that such a complaint wouldn't appear again. So the classes were reopened.

Sylvia Fernandes, Mangalore/Dubai
Tuesday, August 05, 2008

As a parent and alumni of SAC, I feel the student should apologize the Principal, coz our teachers are our Gurus. We are educating ourselves to be a good human beings, learn discipline and to become something when we are out of college. Incase the students want to show their stunts and parents want to encouraging them then they should send their kids to circus not the educational institutes.

I would do the same thing what the Principal did if my son would not follow the rules and regulations of the institute. I really appreciate the Principal for apology, since he proved the words in the Bible. But the boysí parents should treat this as serious matter, otherwise days are not far where your son will be end up his life with the bad habits or you will have to apologize whenever he won't fulfill his demands.

Jerry Moras, Kuppepadauv / Canada
Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Iíve high respect being ex-student of SAC (for PGDCA). Like me many have built their life and everyone wants to have their children admitted in SAC (it is more of prestige and high brand value). I thank all who have given time, money effort to build such establishment in Mangalore for years . From the above incident Iíve read SAC is flexible till now and there is immediate need for setting-up strict rules, policies for students to abide.

Management of SAC has to make note for every student to sign and students be responsible for violating any of the rule of SAC. At this time, we should not be passing any judgment who is right or wrong (student or principal). What needs to be questioned is what made principal to become physical? Why student reacted such a way ? Actions of teacher: What teacher (principal) is outcome of series previous verbal instructions given to student

Best teachers always make children to understand but if students fails to adhere to then something wrong which means teacher has no way but to take physical action (meant for animals). Let me give an analogy if a farmer has used beating as a method of giving instructions to the bullocks to do his job it is because they donít understand human language.

Hence ,if physical action by teacher (for instructions) is not so good to discipline student. This is due student\s behavior in the class (disturbing teacher, not paying attention to class, not completing assignments so on...). Reaction of students: Student reaction is largely depends on parenting, peer group or friends. In this case if student is reacted such a manner which says most of his parenting. I, as a parent would deprive most of the privileges that child enjoys (like mobile, car , watching TV, money, so onÖ) to discipline him. Hence we need learn a lot from the above incident.

Lancy Moras, Bajjodi, Jeddah Saudi Arabia
Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Last two s of tears were unknowingly dropped from my eyes when I read each single comment from the old students of SAC including me who finished my B.Com graduation in 1988. Honorable Fr. Principal you are simply great to apologise with a simple student.

By doing this you became a innocent victim. I was more impressed with a comment here on this issue from Mr. Alwyn, Mangalore. He said in his comment, "Dear Students, you will not know what discipline is when you are in the college, once you are out of the college and look out for employment, you will remember the advise given to you by your own teachers".

Wow!!! Hats off to you Alwyn. As an old student of SAC, my support will never empty to your feet Rev. Fr. Principal. I humbly salute my SAC.

joe Gonsalves, Mangalore/U.S.A.
Monday, August 04, 2008

I am glad to hear from Father Francis Serrao, Rector SAC that peace and order is restored at The College and that the students are back in their respective classes. From my point of view it expedient that we bury the hatchets and not nurture ill feelings.

St. Aloysius has a name and reputation and is attended by respectable young men and ladies. My congrats to all concerned in solving the problem. Father Francis I congratulate you specially for your patience and good bearing throughout this difficult period.

I have my strong ties with SAC and hence my anxiety. Let us, YOUNG AND THE OLD try to hold St. Aloysius as an example and together stand by Our Alma Mater. Joe Gonsalves Old Student

Purushottama, Byndoor
Monday, August 04, 2008

The student should have known that college campuses are not a race track.It is good that he hit none otherwise somebody's life would have been in danger. The students should know that in college campuses bikes and mobiles are not required. By chance thay have it they should learn to use it in a responsible manner.

margaret, mangalore
Monday, August 04, 2008

Punishing student is right but raising hands is wrong. There are better ways to make a student to understand the fact rather then hitting him. I dont mean students boycott classes is right at the same time hitting a child is wrong at the fit of the anger nobody will be aware what will happen so disciplinary action is good but not the the extent of hitting anyone.

praveen veigas, Hassan
Monday, August 04, 2008

The student involved here should apologise and not the principal.if principal has slapped the student it means he has punished for his mistake. AMOGH be a good student of the college else quit from there you are not fit for being a student in such a good institution

Jasmine, India, Israel
Monday, August 04, 2008

Amogh shame on you, after making a mistake you wanted a apology from principal? I support Fr. Swebert. D'silva. he is right, even if he slapped Amogh,

Wilson Monteiro, Bankal-chikmagalur
Monday, August 04, 2008

Well Done Father asking apology you have set example to all of us Mangloreans...Students playing with mobile phones and racing bikes in college campuses are just not acceptable.

Alibayar, Bayar, Dubai
Monday, August 04, 2008

Full support to the Principal.. He has every right to maintain the decipline of the college. If any one want to show stunt, let him go out of the college can do it in open grounds.

Alwyn, Mangalore
Monday, August 04, 2008

Being a old student of St Aloysius,  I feel that discipline by the students, be which ever class he is, has to be maintained. Principal has got every right to question each and every student if they are not disciplined.

Dear Students, you will not know what discipline is when you are in the college, once you are out of the college and look out for employment, you will remember the advise given to you by your own teachers. So please abide by that and do not ask an apology from your teachers. The action of the principal is justified.

Severine Menezes, Belur, Hassan
Monday, August 04, 2008

It's the student who need to apologize if he needs a good future and not the Principal. Discipline is a must in any Institution. Fr.Swebert has done it. Expel the student and Those who instigate will learn the lesson and have discipline in life. Take courage Fr.Principal and go ahead with your dicipline.

Haorld D'cunha , Manglaore/India
Monday, August 04, 2008

I fully agree with Mr. Alex Kuwait view.Students got what they wanted. That is apology from the Principal. Next step would have been a right decision, to expell all the students who instigated this incident. Fr. Swebert be brave. We entire old students of SAC are behind you.

Marian D'Souza, Mangalore Falnir
Monday, August 04, 2008

St.Aloysius is well known for decades as an institution of high standards and discipline.Fr Swebert D'Silva as Principal has every right and it is his duty to maintain discipline. As rightly said by Mahesh, Father please take back your apology and enforce strict discipline in the college campus and do not compromise on this. We support you fully and Pray for You.

Glen Chris Pereira, Dubai,Udupi
Sunday, August 03, 2008

The student involved here should apologise and not the principal. Whatever teacher does is for the students good and not for himself.

Mahesh - A proud Aloysian, Mangalore / Kuwait
Sunday, August 03, 2008

Fr. Swebert D'Silva / Fr. Francis Serrao ... What the hell is this??? Why on earth Fr. Principal has to apologize??? Who the hell is this  Amogh??? SAC is above anyone. The Pricipal's office of SAC is at par with the Indian Prime Minister's office. I'm shocked to see Fr. Principal's apology as if there was a murder. Kick everyone out Fr. Principal. Amogh must never be a botheration. Don't even consider his existence. Pls take back your apology. SAC Zindabad!!!

Anita Veigas, Bombay, Israel
Sunday, August 03, 2008

I dont think that principal is wrong, Every one has to follow the rules its college or school. Boy did a wrong thing, if princial slapped him its not a big deal. teachers have the right on  students, They are not our enemies.  Now days children  get what they want, Its good to hear that matter is closed.

Gladys Mudarth, Mangalore
Sunday, August 03, 2008

Now that girls are allowed in St. Aloysius, boys have to impress them with their bikes in the campus - speed etc. Vehicles should be parked by students near the gate and a little walking is good for the young boys and girls.

Captain Stanley Latif Correa, Urwa Stores/Jeddah,Saudi Arabia
Sunday, August 03, 2008

Good news for the amicable truce. Congratulations!!!

Rachel, USA
Saturday, August 02, 2008

This is totally idiotic. Did anybody not see the mark behind the boys ear? A nail cannot make such a deep and at the same time a long cut. Boycotting is useless and a waste of time. ITS STUPIDITY!!! If he has the guts to ride his bike in the campus at a fast speed, he can go get the cut from anywhere... I don't think the father did it.. He pinched the ear not the back of it. The mark cannot be so big. He is wrong.. What else does anybody need to prove that. The boy isn't going to die. If he was late one day.. its not like the world turned upside down.

Nishanth, Mangalore
Sunday, August 03, 2008

It is the right of the teacher to punish his students. I fully support the principal even if he had slapped the boy.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Students if the same bike had thrashed you! again you would have made the principal responsible for the situation! If the previleges are misused it should be withdrawn immediately!!

Reyan lobo, Belthangady/kuwait
Sunday, August 03, 2008

If The same protests would have happened in SDM, UJIRE the management would convert the college into 5 star hotel. That is why we do not see any strikes there. Need of strict discipline implemented in SAC.

Morrison, M'lore
Sunday, August 03, 2008

It is good hear that matter was closed... the students should forget what is happened. and they should respect the college campus.. and have to maintain a good relation.. and the college authority should make new rules about riding the vehicle in side the campus...

Lancy Moras, Bajjodi, Jeddah Saudi Arabia
Saturday, August 02, 2008

So sad to go through this incident. How could I forget my esteemed college where I completed my B.Com in 1988 under Fr. Leo D'Sousa. I request all students to cool down whatever happened in past and maintain peace in this esteemed organisation. "I LOVE YOU ST. ALOYSIUS COLLEGE"

Simon Lasrado, Bangalore
Sunday, August 03, 2008

Whether the Principal is wrong or student did mistake,we are not gaining or losing anything looking at the comments of pro student or against student.Who will gain in this episode? Certainly the Jesuit institutions.And the black mark will be on the student's academic year.

Alex, Kuwait
Saturday, August 02, 2008

Students got what they wanted. That is apology from the Principal. Next step would have been a right decision, to expell all the students who instigated this incident.

Kiran Acharya, Udupi
Saturday, August 02, 2008

So now we have heard the other side of the story! What was the need to pass judgement (refer to previous news report comments)on the Principal, without hearing his version? Mob justice won`t work!

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