MANDYA: A little boy with an unusually long tongue had to leave school because the authorities felt uneasy about it. Two days after admission, Mohammed Hanan, 4, was literally thrown out of LKG class after the headmistress noticed his tongue. Sr Asha of Anitha Convent Primary School, in Malavalli town of Mandya district, called Hanan's parents and refunded the fee paid, saying, "Your child's long tongue disturbs other children." The school is situated in NES Extension in Malavalli town. "My child is healthy and can speak like the other kids, he is also active," said Hanan's mother Iftar, a homemaker. She admitted that as a mother, it hurt her when the headmistress had told her that the child's tongue scares other children. "She asked me to teach him at home for two years." His father, Mohammed Zakir, a cloth merchant, was furious. "Will the school authorities throw out their children if they have a similar problem?" he asked. The couple, residing in Idgah Mohalla, paid Rs 6,100 as admission fee. Hanan's sibling studies in the same school. The issue was solved, though, when Malavalli block education officer M M Ram intervened and ensured that the boy was readmitted. "Hanan's parents and some others complained to me, saying their 4-year old child was thrown out of school as he has a long tongue and was not able to speak properly. The family said the authorities had refunded their fee," Ram said. The school authorities readmitted the boy after he took them to task, he claimed. When TOI contacted Sr Asha, she admitted: "We felt scared and uneasy about his long tongue and thought it would upset the other kids, so we told the parents to take the child back and admit him after two years." She added that by that time, he would stop stammering. "We also told them that LKG and UKG education is not necessary for the boy, who can be tutored at home," she added.