Tribal school in Thiruvananthapuram facing threat of wild animal attacks
Times of India
November 20, 2021
The life of children studying at Thalathoothakaavu tribal school in the
district continues to be in misery due to the threat from wild animals. The
students have been facing the threat from wild animals, including bison,
elephants and wild boar for many years.
Recently the wild elephants destroyed the trees which are too close to the
school building. Around 28 tribal students from eleven tribal settlement
areas are studying here.
The herd of elephants was spotted on Wednesday by PTA committee members
Mahesh and Suresh who live near the school. They saw the elephants near the
school around early morning. The herd has destroyed most of the trees in
“The elephant has destroyed the coconut trees in the compound. It is sure
that the herd will come again for the coconuts. We have been trying to
build the compound wall around the school, but the forest range office has
denied our request. We are planning to talk to the Palode range office
authorities again, if they are not ready to grant the permission, then we
would surely stage a protest in front of the office,” said Jain P, a
teacher of Thalathoothakaavu tribal school.
“The students are not safe in this compound. The parents are really scared
to send their children to school,” said Asharaf M, the headmaster of the
The school had even suspended classes due to the disturbances by these wild
animals. The forest department have denied the permission for the compound
wall saying that the school authorities failed to produce the required
documents. The demand was put forward by the PTA committee members.