A similar incident happened recently in Bageshwar district, years after a case of “mass hysteria” among students at a government school in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district came to light. In a government school in Raikhuli village of Bageshwar, suddenly some girl students started shouting, shouting and banging their heads.
Vimala Devi, the head teacher of the school, said that on Tuesday, the first information about a sudden change in the behavior of the students was received. A similar incident happened again on Thursday.
Vimala Devi said, “They were crying, screaming, trembling and even trying to bang their heads for no reason. We called the parents, they called a local priest and Thus the situation came under control.”
On Thursday, the district administration and a team of doctors visited the government school. It is not clear what caused the sudden behavioral change in the students.
Vimala Devi said, “Even today, when the departmental officers were here, some students behaved in the same way. The parents insisted that we do the puja inside the school premises. They believe that The school is ruined.”
District Panchayat member Chandan Rawat said that earlier such cases had also come to the fore in some other schools of the district.
Mukul Sati, a senior official of Dehradun Education Department, said that similar reports have been received from some schools in Chakrata and Uttarkashi.
“We have decided to form a medical team that will visit government schools across the state in an attempt to allay the fear among the students,” Sati told News18.
Three years ago, a similar incident took place in a school in Punjabgarh, where girl students started behaving violently in the middle of a class, TOI reported. This was the second such case in that month.
This was followed by medical examination and counseling of the girl students. Counseling of the students revealed that the girl students could not recover from the recent flash floods in the district in which their classmate died. Their medical examination revealed that the girls were malnourished, had poor eyesight and were under extreme stress.