Lapu girl kills self before graduation
A 12-YEAR-OLD girl of barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City dreamed of becoming a teacher one day.
Her dreams died with her when she was found hanging from a wooden beam in the ceiling of her room with a piece of cloth tied around her neck yesterday afternoon.
The girl’s mother said she scolded her daughter for coming home at 9 p.m. last Monday. The student said she had been practicing with classmates for their graduation ceremony.
“Nila-ag man gud na siya nga dili mananghid, mao nga akong gikasab-an (She went out without our permission so I scolded her),” the mother told Cebu Daily News.
The girl’s death came days after three suicides involving teenage students of Daanbantayan National High School in north Cebu.
The Department of Education (DepEd) is investigating these incidents, where at least two students complained that their clearance for final examination was not signed by their teacher, who had admonished them for being rowdy in class.
The mother in Mandaue City yesterday said she scolded her daughter again at noon after learning that she had packed her clothes in a bag and leave the house.
She said while she didn’t hit her, the girl was distraught and went to her room upstairs.
No foul play
The mother stayed downstairs to babysit. At 1:20 p.m. the girl’s sister-in-law went upstairs and screamed upon seeing the student hanging by the neck from the ceiling.
The mother untied her daughter and rushed her to the Lapu-Lapu City Hospital but it was too late.
“Gikasab-an ra man nako siya, pero iya man gidib-dib og maayo (I scolded her and she took it to heart),” the mother said. She said her daughter may have been influenced by what she saw on TV when she took her own life.
Some of the girl’s teachers and classmates who visited her vigil wake last night said the girl was a silent individual but friendly and industrious.
SPO2 Manolito Abellanosa of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office said they found no evidence of foul play in her death.
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