“You know, Ms L*&&% and Sports Sir have an affair.” “I used to learn cursive writing from D&^%# miss just to see her cleavage.”
These are samples of “confessions” by school kids from different schools in Mumbai. Most schools and colleges have their own personalised “confession” pages on Facebook, where they anonymously share everything, no holds barred.
Their posts include affairs involving teachers and lewd comments. These pages have gone viral in the last couple of weeks. Almost all big schools such as JB Petit, Podar, Vibgyor, Jamnabai Narsee, Singhania and Hansraj Morarji Public school have confession pages. Some of them have over 4,000 likes and hundreds of members who continuously ‘fess up their love and embarrassing details about teachers and classmates.
Interestingly, most of the teachers are unaware of the posts about them on these pages. The spurt in the number of confession pages strangely coincides with exams.
“This saucy talk revives us in this stressful period. They may or may not be correct,” claims a 14-year-old student of Billabong High School. A class seven girl adds, “Being anonymous is the biggest attraction.” Thus kids are fearlessly talking about their teachers, principals and even their classmates.
As expected, teachers are embarrassed by the “confessions”, which scrutinise their every move and mannerisms. A teacher of Jamnabai Narsee School says, “They are posting rubbish on an Internet platform that is virtually available to all netizens. The most irritating part is that we can’t identify them.”
Some teachers are even contemplating approaching the cyber-crime cell. They fear that the confessions, which are mostly based on salacious rumours can sully their reputation in the community.
“Their so-called confession can ruin my family life. They should be taught a lesson,” said a teacher of South Mumbai School whose name was linked to a fellow teacher.
The flood of such confessional pages have potential to change campus dynamics forever. Teachers are now taking double precautions not to be seen with teachers of the opposite sex.
“RTE has already tied our hands. Now students are overriding us with such non-sense,” says Uday Nare, a teacher at Hansraj Morarji Public School. “The kids of class 5-6 are innocent but at the same time they are vocal and tech-savvy. They need to be sensitised about repercussion of their fun,” he adds.
Students of most engineering Institutes including IITs also have their confessional pages. College students on these pages are a lot more notorious, explicit details of sexual encounters in laboratory, toilets and library are diligently shared and “liked”.