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Tuks student 'tried to commit suicide'

2012-04-13 09:06

Pretoria - The student who shot herself in the stomach on graduation day at the University of Pretoria on Wednesday was apparently trying to commit suicide.

Eyewitness News
reported that Chantelle Stockel, 24, tried to kill herself because she had failed her studies and had not obtained her degree.

Stockel was admitted to hospital with a gunshot wound to her stomach.

She apparently shot herself hours after her former classmates graduated.

A hospital spokesperson said she had undergone surgery but was conscious and stable.

It was revealed that she had failed her law degree in 2011 but had not told her parents.

She then stole her father’s pistol and planned to kill herself.  

Police are investigating.

Comments
  • Karabo - 2012-04-13 09:15

    I get where she is coming from. But you know what, you live and you get it right. Glad she is still alive.0

      Nina - 2012-04-13 11:05

      @Irukandji: That is an unnecessary comment. Failing does not mean one is dumb. FYI some tertiary institutions have a mandate to keep the graduate number low in order to appear to have a high standard. Besides that, we all fail somewhere somehow, this girl needs to toughen up and realise the world does not owe her anything, and learn to use the support of family. I sympathize though.

      Nicholas - 2012-04-13 11:10

      Its not the end of the world to fail. Dust yourself off and do it again and pass next time, if not, maybe its not the course for you.

      Phalane - 2012-04-13 11:19

      Hey irukandji I don't need handouts I did process engineering, it is just the matter of time before I get a job. Even now I don't blame apartheid for being unemployed I believe should work for what I want. I hate BEE AA and I never said I want to be CEO of sasol.

      Lorain - 2012-04-13 11:40

      @ oom wow dude, you cant help yourself ne?

      Lorain - 2012-04-13 11:44

      @ Phalane you need not explain yourself to irukanji or anyone else, you know who you are , even if you had done your degree in record time they would find some way of suggesting you dont deserve it. According to these people due to your skin colour you only deserve to work in their back yard so really ndoda do not bother you are wasting your breathe. Regardless of what the story is about,the likes of Irukandji will find a way to squeeze in their racial BS into the story

      Jack - 2012-04-13 12:06

      @ Phalane - That's AA for ya...congratulations!!

  • my10cent - 2012-04-13 09:21

    That is probably a result of pressure to succeed and the idea that a job one day is NOT guaranteed in SA.

      Christian J Denyschen - 2012-04-13 10:11

      me thinks you are the domkop here farmworker. have you ever heard of depression? failing just probably pushed her over the edge. lets hope she get the necessary help so she can move forward with her live.

      Junebugg - 2012-04-13 11:27

      She aint the first person to fail, She must just suck it up and concentrate on her books...Does she know how fortunate she is to be where she is?? Selfish Biaach!!!

      Junebugg - 2012-04-13 11:37

      A Job is probably the last thing in her mind, she got a degree she is failing hard to worry about..

  • yolokay - 2012-04-13 09:29

    People who've never been to varsity have no right to judge. It can be such a breeding ground for stress and peer pressure, and only after one removes oneself from the situation do they realise that failing is not the end of the world. I hope she recovers well and gets a second chance.

      Farmworker - 2012-04-13 09:47

      What put you under pressure young lady. I attended University under a very hard condition have to eat pap and eggs almost every day but I still managed to get a Degree and Masters. My first cellphone I had it when I was doing intership, at least she had the financial means to get by. She had no excuse because there are people with bigger problem than she does. I see them everyday here at Pretoria even white people and I feel very sorry for them but they still see the important of living even though they opens dustbin everyday looking for food and recyclable material.

      Kevin - 2012-04-13 09:52

      I have been to University and graduated. It was one of the best times of my life, infinitely preferable to school and working for a living (and I had to pay my own way). I commented above, but pressure is self induced and at University just plain stupid.

      yolokay - 2012-04-13 09:55

      Farmworker, so you think you should be given a pat on the back for all your struggles - yet you fail to realise that in this world people have different challenges?

      Farmworker - 2012-04-13 10:06

      I don't need your approval, and just because you went to better schools and your command of the English language does make you more intelligent than I am. I say that is not an excuse even if her parents put her under too much pressure, I think at university she must be old enough to think that she got her own life to live. I am just concerned that in the process of committing suicide she could cause the university and south Africa more damage, why did she kill herself in her own room. Although I consider myself successfully I got a car, bought two houses, I still see people enjoying a good life driving X6, Q7. I see the rich people even neighbors, does that have to put me under too much pressure. You need to know that regardless of what problems you going through, the gift of life is a great one. Most people would die to be in her shoes if they only problem she had was that of failing a degree

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-13 10:15

      @yokokay, committing suicide because of mere university failure is unjustifiable, so please don’t try to convince us that what this young girl did is reasonable. It’s outrageous and sending a wrong message to other students that when you fail, a way out is to take your life. It has to be mightily condemned from its core. @Farmworker, congrats on your achievements. this young girl is a spoilt brat who look at life narrowly. Can I blame her parents? Ok, I won’t.

      yolokay - 2012-04-13 10:19

      Yup, you have just proven exactly what I mean. You think the only challenges to be faced are financial or materialistic ones. You have absolutely no insight on psychological, mental or emotional challenges. For example, did you know that clinical depression is an actual sickness? As in, the brain literally has chemical imbalances? Bet you didn't. So next time think beyond the spectrum of just finances.

      Farmworker - 2012-04-13 10:51

      @yolokay you are one ignorant person so let me spell it out for you. I am saying there is no excuse for committing suicide esp at that young age, there are people with far more problem that her like people living with rare diseases like Elephantitis. Remember you get one chance to live

      yolokay - 2012-04-13 11:06

      Hahaha! You are so confused about what you want to say. Read my original comment and then read your responses.

      Siphiwo - 2012-04-13 11:25

      Yolokay I must say you put in a good argument. Farmworker for a person who claims to have masters you are too narrow minded!

      Liz - 2012-04-13 11:57

      Yolokay - you are the voice of reason among the frightfully judgmental! It is rather shocking to see such an absolute lack of empathy from fellow South Africans. If this had been their daughter, I am pretty sure they would be arguing against trolls much like themselves.

      Liz - 2012-04-13 12:05

      Siyadyosiba- the point here is that you don't know whether she attempted suicide "because of mere university failure" or because of deeper issues. You just don't know, therefore it is not fair to condemn her.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-13 14:09

      @lizk, the comments here are based on what is reported in this article particularly paragraph 2. You better read articles thoroughly before exposing your ignorance.

      Liz - 2012-04-13 14:45

      Thanks for the advice, Siyadyosiba. I must have missed the part of the article which stated that failing was the absolute one and only reason for her attempted suicide. No other contributing factors whatsoever? Perhaps you could highlight that part for me? This simply reverts back to my previous comment; not you, nor I know what was going on with her, so it is not fair to judge so harshly when we are all, in fact, ignorant of her condition or situation.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-13 15:01

      @Lizk, the article is specific about the reason and there’s no mention “of amongst other possible reasons”. Words such as “absolute and only reason, other contributing factors” are coming from your own head. If you know that there is more than what has been reported, you can let us know, otherwise don’t think we will automatically make that assumption, especially if the report is specific.

  • pal.mabelane - 2012-04-13 09:33

    This is probably a result of parents who lead a great lifestyle and have done well for themselves, respected academics with their peers and expect no less from any of their children. I know what she feels like...

  • avudufu.felix1 - 2012-04-13 09:36

    Her parent should kindly give her another chance.

  • ngwedzeni.masuvhe - 2012-04-13 09:39

    The principle of sowng nd reapng.unfotuntly we smtmes reap the unexpected.bt wishng her a speedy recovery.mudzimu kha vhe nae a vhuyelele tshikoloni

  • cvdnest - 2012-04-13 09:45

    Just for the record - she did not steal her father's gun. Do not judge Chantelle if you do not know her Deon; she is a hard worker and definitely not a party animal ... and Pal - she has wonderful parents. I'm sure the family will appreciate the support from Yolokay and Karabo; it seems like they've walked the journey. Anthony - you don't have a clue what you're talking about.

      Pule - 2012-04-13 09:58

      Don't be stupid,hard workers knows how to handle pressure when they fall.She is a failure not because she failed to obtain her LLB but trying to take away her life.She must stop going to Tambotie sunnyside and start to redouble her effort.Death is not solution.

      Franca - 2012-04-13 12:28

      Things like this normally happen to the least expected. I don't know her, but I'm so happy she didn't die. Chantel you have a second chance. Grab it with both arms.

  • Kagiso - 2012-04-13 10:14

    very sad story, but i understand where she's coming from. the shock of failure is usually too much for some people to handle. at least she's alive to re write, hopefully she'll be successful next time.

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-04-13 10:23

    Thinking about how bad her family must be feeling right now.

  • Nicola - 2012-04-13 10:29

    She fell too deep in her lie and didnt know how to get out, It's actually pretty sad, atleast she is ok and now she will surely realise that there are other options.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-13 10:39

      like pointing the gun to the head next time?:)

  • Michelle - 2012-04-13 11:16

    I understand that the pressure of doing well at varsity is immense. In most cases you need a degree to get a decent job these days and failing your degree may make you think that you now have no future. I just wish she had gone for help or tried to at least tell her parents. When someone brings a loaded weapon onto campus the possibilities of something going wrong are endless. Not only did she almost kill herself but she could have killed or injured someone else. All it takes is a bullet going in a direction that she may not have intended it to. People say we shouldn't judge or gossip about it. When you shoot yourself in public, you are making it a public issue. Imagine the trauma of having to watch someone get shot and then trying to save their life. Why didn't she try to commit suicide somewhere alone? Instead she chose to bring a loaded gun onto campus and she chose to shoot herself in front of people. That is very irresponsible and selfish. What was her intention behind shooting herself in such a public place? Was it to have people watch her die? Was it to have people feel sorry for her? I don't know. Either way she is very lucky she is alive and she is very lucky that someone else was not killed or injured because of her dangerous actions. I hope she gets the help she needs but the fact is she may be looking at criminal charges now.

  • Thembelihle - 2012-04-13 11:28

    I understand what it must have felt like but we learn from our mistakes, u are not defined by how many times u fall but by how many times u get up.. Good luck chantelle

  • Annerie - 2012-04-13 11:47

    Suicide is NOT the answer......Life is Lekker when living it!

  • Rob - 2012-04-13 12:03

    I blame the father for making the shooting possible. Someone with a pistol should not make it possible for anyone and especially your children to get hold of it!

  • Sophia - 2012-04-13 12:09

    okaaaay, shoot yourself in the stomach when trying to commit suicide... nie die skerpste potlood in die pakkie nie.

  • Phalane - 2012-04-13 12:22

    @janine i failed but not evrything and my modules were blocking one another and my strong point is theory and i struggled with calculations, so i had distinctions in theory and failed calculations and the following semester i get less subjects and practise

      Stephan - 2012-04-13 16:34

      I strongly doubt that you got distinctions!

  • Buti - 2012-04-13 13:08

    Why she didn't point & pull a trigger @ a brain that fails to memorise the subjects instead of her stomach.

  • erick.mamba - 2012-04-13 13:10

    The fact that she failed to tell her parents about her poor academic perfomance can only mean one thing, the parents put her underpressure and she felt they will be dissapointed to hear abt the results.. A message to parents plz stop putting ur kids under unnecessary academic pressure. tell yr kids failer, though you discourage it, is a normal part of learning

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-13 15:22

      The last part of your comment does make sense but the first two lines, ha a dont agree with you there.

  • Kraken - 2012-04-13 13:34

    Wow. All my comments have been deleted. Seppuku is the only solution now.

  • Estelle - 2012-04-13 15:19

    Estelle Glo my haar ouers gee meer om vir haar lewe as 'n graad agter haar naam! Sterk staan Chantelle, dis tyd vir 'n nuwe lewe, "God gave it to you Girl" axcept and make the most of it!

  • Estelle - 2012-04-13 15:23

    'n Paar van julle hierbo, bv. Pule en ander, mens kan maar net vir julle bid! Soms gebeur sulke dinge net om mense se oë te laat oopgaan en te besef wat het regtig waarde in die lewe!

      Pule - 2012-04-14 11:16

      O tla swa o kgoname mosimane.

      cvdnest - 2012-04-15 21:44

      O tla swa o kgoname mosimane - U will die bend over my boy ...? Really Pule? Now let's not argue with a fool like you - bystanders might not be able to tell the difference. Tlhapi solofela leraga

  • Stephan - 2012-04-13 16:29

    I don't anyone should say she is a failure. There is a lot of pressure on us as students. Varsity isn't easy, it is really difficult and causes a lot of stres on its own. It is also difficult for young adults to get a job and therefore it is neccesary to get a degree. I don't think the parents should be blamed cause they would have only wanted the best for their child! She must have been dissapointed in herself and felt that it to do such a thing. I don't think the people who didn't study can comprehend the amount of stres and workload us students are!

  • Stephan - 2012-04-13 16:29

    I don't anyone should say she is a failure. There is a lot of pressure on us as students. Varsity isn't easy, it is really difficult and causes a lot of stres on its own. It is also difficult for young adults to get a job and therefore it is neccesary to get a degree. I don't think the parents should be blamed cause they would have only wanted the best for their child! She must have been dissapointed in herself and felt that it to do such a thing. I don't think the people who didn't study can comprehend the amount of stres and workload us students are!

  • Stephan - 2012-04-13 16:29

    I don't anyone should say she is a failure. There is a lot of pressure on us as students. Varsity isn't easy, it is really difficult and causes a lot of stres on its own. It is also difficult for young adults to get a job and therefore it is neccesary to get a degree. I don't think the parents should be blamed cause they would have only wanted the best for their child! She must have been dissapointed in herself and felt that it to do such a thing. I don't think the people who didn't study can comprehend the amount of stres and workload us students are!

      Rochelle - 2012-04-14 14:23

      Well done... Nice to sEe some kindness and logic...and no judgement

  • lucky.mlambo2 - 2012-04-13 21:50

    Trying 2 kill ur self is not a right choice....but if is de only way to run away 4rm ur problems is it!thinkin dat i've fail to obtain mi degree is going 2 affect some1 i woukd hve not gone der coz i dnt wnt 2 see another person suffer bcoz off me,i'm sori 2 cy dat is jst dat i fil sori 4 her on wat she dd...coz i dnt think she living 2 impress some1,get well soon grl n God bless u!

  • Phiwo - 2012-04-14 07:16

    I dont think its suicide at all. She jus wanted pity. Now she got it. LLB degree is rough but not worth ur life

  • Phiwo - 2012-04-14 07:16

    I dont think its suicide at all. She jus wanted pity. Now she got it. LLB degree is rough but not worth ur life

  • t0p5p1n - 2012-04-17 00:24

    Life is tough. I'm a first year med student and know what it's like to fail...it's all about the Grind and getting back up...

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