<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The tragic incident at Gurugram’s Ryan International School could have been avoided, if only the school authorities had properly followed the safety guidelines laid down by the Haryana Police.According to the Haryana Police guidelines, there should be separate toilets for girls and boys, for teachers, and for support staffers. The support staffers, in particular, should not be allowed to use toilets meant for students.At the Ryan International School, however, the accused conductor, Ashok Kumar, was using the students’ toilet.”My son, who studies at the same school, told me that conductors, sweepers, and drivers were using the same toilet as students. How can the school authorities allow this to happen?” a parent, Mahesh Rawat, rued.The guidelines further stated: “The access for bus drivers and conductors, whether employed by the school or hired on a contract, must be limited to just the bus area. Toilets should be provided in that area to avoid entry of staffers in the school premises.”Parents and locals, however, claimed that no such arrangement was there in the school and these people were regularly spotted roaming in the campus.The guidelines also make it mandatory to install CCTV cameras in all critical areas of the premises, including entrances to toilets, and to assign a vigilant officer to keep a check on all security arrangements.Confirming these major security breaches at Ryan, Gurugram Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar said: “There is no separate toilet for support staffers in the school. Even though there are CCTV cameras, they are not adequately installed,” he said, adding that police have no details about any vigil officer being appointed by the school, as of now.Besides, the school violated other norms as well, such as the one that states the walls around a school must be high enough to prevent any scaling. Ryan, in fact, has no boundary wall on its back side. The 300-metre stretch has been unguarded for the last two years, locals said.Close to this broken wall is an operational liquor shop, though sale of liquor within 150 m of the main gate of schools and colleges is prohibited. This shop was set ablaze by agitating parents on Sunday.
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