Teacher and student blog post Akshata Shabhag

Transformation through Forgiveness

Shivam, a young boy, carried an air of arrogance around him. Polite phrases like “please,” “sorry,” and “thank you” were foreign to him. He had an entitled demeanour, expecting respect while showing none to others, especially his elders. Despite relentless efforts by his parents and teachers to mend his ways, his behaviour remained stubbornly unchanged. His social isolation was evident; classmates avoided him during lunch breaks due to his habit of helping himself to their meals without reciprocation. His unsavoury conduct extended beyond school, and his reputation as the trustee’s son afforded him an immunity that further fueled his behaviour.

One day, fed up with his classmates, Shivam threatened revenge if they didn’t join him for lunch. The following day, an unexpected scene unfolded when all students avoided him in silence. Confused by their reaction, Shivam’s attempts to break the tension only deepened the mystery. The entry of Ms. Jaya, his class teacher, and Principal Ms.Veena into the classroom intensified the gravity of the situation.

Unveiling Shivam’s transgressions, they accused him of tearing up marks cards from the school’s cupboard. Astonished, Shivam denied this accusation. Ms. Jaya’s stern voice left him speechless, but he maintained his innocence. The teacher’s resolve to discipline Shivam, combined with the Principal’s intervention, signalled an impending expulsion from school. A ripple of approval from the students resonated with Ms. Jaya’s sentiment of the urgent need to address his conduct.

Shivam, though defiant, couldn’t deny the threat he posed to the class. However, as the truth unravelled, it was revealed that Shivam had been framed by his classmates who had conspired against him. This revelation came as a shock to Ms. Jaya, who had wrongly punished him. The teacher’s commitment to justice led her to call Shivam and his parents to rectify her mistake.

A surprising presence in class the next day, Shivam faced an apology from Ms. Jaya in front of his peers. The students, acknowledging their error, sought forgiveness from Shivam as well. This turn of events marked a profound change in Shivam’s demeanour. The experience taught him that humility and forgiveness were qualities that transcended stature. The newfound harmony in the classroom highlighted the power of redemption and the significance of genuine unity.

Shivam’s journey illustrates that transformation, achieved through understanding and forgiveness, holds the potential to mend even the most obstinate souls.


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