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Kerala Student Suspended for 'Hugging' Friend Scores 91% in CBSE Exam

The boy, a Class 12 student at St Thomas Central School in Mukkolakkal in Thiruvananthapuram, who was allegedly a victim of moral policing at the hands of the school management, scored over 90 percent in commerce stream while battling strong mental pressure and not being able to attend classes for over four months.

Asheem PK | CNN-News18

Updated:May 26, 2018, 9:43 PM IST
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Kerala Student Suspended for 'Hugging' Friend Scores 91% in CBSE Exam
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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala boy, who was expelled from his school for hugging a female friend during an arts festival last year, has won big in the CBSE Class 12 examination, scoring 91.02 percent marks.

The boy, a Class 12 student at St Thomas Central School in Mukkolakkal in Thiruvananthapuram, who was allegedly a victim of moral policing at the hands of the school management, scored over 90 percent in commerce stream while battling strong mental pressure and not being able to attend classes for over four months.

CBSE class 12 results were announced on Saturday.​ ​

St Thomas Central School in Thiruvananthapuram had suspended the boy for embracing his friend, a Class 11 student, while appreciating her performance at the art festival held. The school management found the act a violation of disciplinary practices, following which they suspended both the students.

The students were later taken back and allowed to write their exams after Congress leader and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor intervened. The school invited massive public outrage over moral policing.

While the two students said it was a congratulatory and friendly hug, the school maintained that it was against disciplinary practices and that the hug was 'too long' to be a congratulatory one.

After the school’s decision got massive media attention, Tharoor held multiple discussions with the school authority along with the parents, after which the suspension was revoked.

The students rejoined the school in January this year after the winter vacation.

‘Delighted to announce the conclusion of a formal agreement between St Thomas Central School and parents of the two suspended students. My personal thanks to Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan for his humane leadership and compassion to both parents and school management for their understanding and cooperation,” Shashi Tharoor had tweeted after school decided to take back the students and retract their suspension.
| Edited by: Ahona Sengupta
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