Child's suicide puts the spotlight on teachers

Zan Azlee

Modified 16 Feb 2018, 9:49 am

The recent news about a Form Two student in Penang who had committed suicide after being accused by her teacher of stealing her smartphone hit a little too close to home for me because I have a daughter who is of school-going age.

The student was apparently interrogated by the teacher and three of her colleagues. When the student kept denying that she had not taken the phone, the teacher then took the student out of school to confront her parents at home.

Her father maintained her innocence and while they were outside, the student had gone in and hung herself with a scarf. She had also left a note written on a school exercise book bidding her family goodbye and stating that she had not taken the phone...

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