Student bitten by snake in classroom dies after teacher ignores injury

A ten-year-old girl  died in northern Kerala’s Wayanad district after she was reportedly bitten by a snake her classroom. The child’s classmates and family have accused the school of negligence.

The 5th grade pupil was in her classroom at a government school in Sulthan Bathery when the incident took place. There was a hole in the concrete floor of the classroom, and the snake reportedly bit her through that hole.

Her classmates allege that the teachers initially told them that it is an injury caused either due to a nail, stone or a similar object.

“After almost an hour, we saw her feet turn into a blue colour. It was only after that, that her father reached the school and took her to the hospital,” a group of schoolmates said speaking with local news reporters.

“She herself kept telling teachers that she has been bitten by a snake,” another student said.

As Shehala’s father reached the school, he saw her sitting in class with a bandage on her foot. While she was being taken to the Kozhikode Medical College, her condition worsened and was taken to a private hospital at Vythiri, where she was declared brought dead.

Kerala Education Minister Professor C Raveendranath said strict action will be taken if the allegations are found true.

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