Making our schools caring

Placing the social and emotional development of children at the heart of the curriculum

Maya Menon

“…The most recent attack occurred Monday, when an eighth-grader stabbed an 11th-grader in the shoulder and chest at Central School No. 1, a government school in New Delhi, police said.

The victim, a boy named Rahul, said he was trying to break up a fight. “Some kids were fighting and I just went there to stop them. Suddenly one of them turned around and stabbed me even before I could realise,” said Rahul, wrapped in gauze bandage, on the NDTV news channel. He underwent minor surgery.

In December 2007, a 14-year-old boy was fatally shot by two other boys in a hallway of the upscale Euro International School in Gurgaon, a suburb of New Delhi, police reported. Standard 8 Students kill Classmate: 2 Boys in Gurgaon School pump 4 bullets into 14 year old ‘bully’, declares a leading newspaper reporting the incident.

The author is Director, The Teacher Foundation. She can be reached at

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