A Senior Vice Principal and two teachers of D.S. Senanayake College were yesterday jailed for two years for brutally beating an outstanding student of the school.
Senior Vice Principal Gamini Edirisuriya and teachers Shanthi Kumara Perera and A.M. Ariyapala were sentenced by Colombo High Court Judge A.T. Ratnayake.
They had been indicted on charges of hitting an under-aged student Shehan Somaratne on the head, abusing and harassing him.
The charges were filed under Section 308 A (2) of the Criminal Procedure Code where harassing and abusing a child placed under one`s care and protection is a punishable offence. It was stated during the trial that Shehan Somaratne who was the swimming captain, Western Band leader and English Literature Society president of D.S. Senanayake College was beaten and harassed for having come to school attired in coloured clothes.
The student had come to school with his mother to attend a swimming team meeting and a Literature Society meeting. When the student, having finished the swimming meeting was seated on a staircase chatting with his mother, the Senior Vice Principal Gamini Edirisuriya had walked up to him and asked why he was wearing coloured clothes.
It was stated in evidence that the Senior Vice Principal had then held the student by the neck to the point he found it difficult to breath and when the student reacted he was slapped . The two teachers had also then beaten the student and forced him to kneel. Appearing for the prosecution were State Counsel Shanil Kularatne, Child Rights Attorney Anuruddha Meghawanna and Nuwan Dissanayake.