15-year-old girl allegedly commits suicide after being bullied at school (Watch Video)
Lufuno Mavhungu Tshirenzheni, a 15-year-old South African teen, allegedly committed suicide after being bullied by her classmates on school grounds.
The young girl from the Thulamela Municipality in Limpopo reportedly committed suicide by overdosing on pills on Monday, April 12th, according to the Limpopo provincial police.
Following the incident, videos of the grade 10 student from Mbilwi Secondary School in the Vhembe East education district being confronted by two other students, said to be her classmates, emerged on the internet.
In the video, one of them signals the other to move while she got closer to the victim to slap her countless times. The victim grabs the pupil who was assaulting her in an attempt to block the blows.
Other students can be heard in the background cheering the alleged perpetrator, who is also in grade 10.
Limpopo Education spokesperson, Tidimalo Chuene confirmed the incident on Tuesday, April 13th.
According to him,
“The victimized pupil is reported to have since passed away. However, the cause of death is unknown. The department is awaiting a formal report on the cause from the relevant authorities”.
The Department of Social Development’s Spokesperson, Witness Tiva, said the department has dispatched a team of social workers to Mbilwi Secondary School and to the family of the girl.
“Social workers are attending to the case after details of the incident went viral on social media. The video depicts a learner attacking her fellow learner, in full view of other learners. The MEC for Social Development, Nkakareng Rakgoale, has condemned the incident saying that bullying is one of the social ills that are experienced in many communities and it needs to be confronted head-on.
“We are very disappointed to learn about this bullying incident that ended in tragedy. We want to see these young boys and girls support each other at school, because they are there to learn,” he said.
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