Grade 9 pupil commits suicide

2015-11-11 06:00

A GRADE 9 pupil from Zibonele High in Mtwalume­ committed suicide last week because allegedly the school refused to allow him to write exams.

Its alleged that the pupil was sent home and told to return with a parent after he disrupted a prayer session for matriculants at the school.

The 14-year-old went home and asked a neighbour to go back to the school with him as a guardian as he had no parents and he lived with his grandmother.

When the neighbour got to the school the teacher said they would not speak to him and demanded that the child bring a family member, which in his case, was his elderly grandmother.

The boy’s aunt, Lindiwe Mshengu, said at the time that the granny had a leg injury and could not walk to the school.

Mshengu said they are not sure what took place which resulted in the child taking his life.

“Until today we are not sure what really happened and why the school is in denial. On the day of the funeral the teachers attended, but none of them mentioned what had happened at the school,” said Mshengu.

The boy had apparently told his school friends that he would do something to “ teach the teachers a lesson”.

“Before going home my nephew mentioned to his friends that the teacher wouldn’t allow him to write exams and he was going to teach them a lesson they would never forget.

“He also wrote a letter before taking his life apologising to two teachers and saying he doesn’t apologise to anyone else,” said Mshengu.

The school was contacted for comment, but the principal said he cannot comment.

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