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A student commits suicide in protesting teacher’s ‘punishment’

Villagers in a pensive mood after learning of the death of a student through suicide.

A form three girl in a Nakuru county school has committed suicide as a reaction after she was told to shave her hair. See free

Shamamcy Wanjiru, a Form 3 student at Langalanga Secondary School, is said to have committed suicide on Wednesday evening at her family’s home in Kaloleni, Nakuru. The incident left people wondering whether a mere order by school administrators would trigger such an extreme reaction from the decreased.

According to her family members, Wanjiru’s actions we informed by a decision which was taken by one of the school teachers. Wanjiru had been told to go and shave her unbraided hair, an order that didn’t sit well with the 16-year old firm three student – which made her commit suicide.

“Alikuja nyumbani Monday jioni akaambiwa na class teacher Tuesday asikuje shule akuje na mzazi sasa Wednesday wakaenda akaambiwa anyone… alikuja nyumbani akiwa na hasira nikamwambia anyoe akasema atajua vile atanyoa,” Jane Wairimu, Wanjiru’s relative, told the press.

Up to now, her family members are still at pains to reconcile the fact that the girl had even written an apology letter to the teacher, a day before she hung herself, with the fact that she again went ahead to take her own life.

The family pointed out that the lady was an introvert – but that shouldn’t have explained the possibility of her taking her life. Nakuru County Education Director Fredrick Osewe said the case is isolated, and that the incident did not happen within the school compound.

Cases of students taking their lives have been on the rise, and teachers are advised to observe keenly how they approach different learners.

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