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Gurgaon class VII student threatens to rape teacher: Are children becoming sexually aggressive?
Shocking news stories about elementary school children sexually assaulting one another both in schools and neighborhoods keep getting reported every now and then.

But the recent news reports of a class VII school boy of Gurgaon's posh school threatening his female teacher and her daughter with rape and another school boy from class VIII, from the same Gurgaon school, proposing a female teacher with a candlelight dinner and sex date are really shocking. We need sit back and look at both our upbringing practices at homes and the schools' prevalent social environment.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the prominent Gurgaon school has said that the class VII student has been suspended over the incident. Both incidents reportedly took place last week.

The statement from the school said, "A thorough investigation was carried out and stern action was taken, including suspension along with mandated counselling. The school has a zero-tolerance policy towards such acts."

Shakuntla Dhull, chairperson of Gurgaon child welfare committee has said that they would send the school a notice and investigate the incident.

It has been seen that very young children are ganging up and discussing their 'crushes' and urge for 'intimacy' and more so the children coming from affluent society. These incidents need not be wished away as 'cyber prank indulgences' end with meaningless counselling sessions for teachers and students since it is a very complex matter.

Some recent studies have shown that even children in the age group 7 to 9 years are entering puberty. The social psychologists, physicians and psycho-therapists see it as an alarming situation and inform that many factors seem to be contributing to the situation.

The posh schools have become tech savvy and gotten into the cultural of organizing children's birthday parties and picnics with high calorie foods and drinks. Also, kids from primary school level are being exposed to so many electronic gadgets, video games and smartphones that they tend to get aggressive both physically and sexually. Many posh schools have three-star canteens on their premises being run by branded hotels and eateries.

It is being suggested that fast changing lifestyle, food habits, high calorie advertised drinks, longer waking hours due to technology addiction, reality shows, gun culture, media's objectification of girls at young age are being suspected to be changing the brain chemistry.

There is need of preventive life skills education rather than indulging into fire fighting techniques after alarming incidents being allowed to take place. Schools must get into a participatory management mode of schooling with transparency and equitable participation of the parents rather than the formal and conventional PTA meetings wherein the blame games are played.

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