High School Student Hangs Self in Dormitory, Blames Separated Parents

May 21, 2019
The administration block at Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls High School

A 19-year-old student at Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls High School in Nyeri County on Sunday took her own life.

The form two student identified as Joan Mumbi reportedly hanged herself in her dormitory in the morning. Her body was found dangling from the roof at around 1 pm with a bed sheet around her neck.

Mathira West Deputy County Commissioner Charles Monari said the student left behind suicide notes.

Monari said the deceased, who was a mother of one, blamed her parents who are separated. Further, the girl indicated that she took her life due to pressure from her father to perform better in her studies.

In the suicide notes found inside her desk in class, the girl said she had requested to be transferred to another school.

The student was living with her father while her child, whom she conceived while in Class Six, was living with her mother.

Reports indicate that she committed suicide while the rest of the students were attending morning preps and Sunday Service.

Her body was taken to Karatina Hospital mortuary as investigations into the incident continue.

“The notes are with the police for analysis. The matter is under investigation. We are yet to conclude on whether it was suicide and if there were any underlying issues,” Mr Monari said.

But the girl’s father dismissed the suicide theory, demanding thorough investigations into the incident.

The Nairobi-based businessman said that his daughter’s friends told him that she had been “severely punished” by a teacher for failing in class.

He further said he was informed that the school was planning to suspend her on Monday over undisclosed disciplinary issues.

“We were in very good terms with our daughter. There is more than meets the eye,” the father told Nation.

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