The headmistress of Government High School, Murugamalla in Chintamani taluk of Chikkaballapur district, has been suspended for allegedly engaging in inappropriate behavior with a student during a recent school trip.
Officials reported that a photo of the head teacher involved in a romantic photoshoot with a student during the trip has gone viral in the past two days.
In the photoshoot, the student and headmistress can be seen in several inappropriate poses. The student is shown kissing her on the cheek and tugging at her saree. Additionally, the student is captured lifting the teacher in his arms.
"It's a mother-son relationship that we share", she said during an initial investigation by the school authorities, NDTV reports.
Photoshoot goes viral
The principal was observed embracing and acting affectionately towards the student in the footage. After the video of the photoshoot gained widespread attention on social media on Thursday (December 28), Umadevi, the Education Officer of Chintamani District, visited the school and questioned the teachers, students, and kitchen staff who had been on a trip.
Umadevi stated that the students and faculty of the school went on a learning trip to Horanadu, Dharmasthala, Yana, and other places from December 22 to 25. The incident captured in the camera occurred during this period.
"The photos that went viral were taken by another student. Barring the two students and the headmistress, no other staffer or student was aware of the incident," she added.
Following the BEO's recommendation, P Bailanjanappa, the District Deputy Director of the School Education Department, has issued an order to temporarily suspend her from duty pending a departmental investigation.