Johannesburg – A 17-year-old boy from the Dominican School for the Deaf in Hammanskraal died by suicide at the hostel after allegedly arguing with his teenage girlfriend on Wednesday.
Gauteng Education Department Panyaza Lesufi expressed shock at the tragedy.
He said the student hanged himself after a lovers’ argument with a 17-year-old student at the same school.
“The learning boy reportedly left other learners in the dining room and went to the junior hostel, where he committed suicide.
“His body was discovered by other learners, who allegedly untied it and dropped it before calling for help. Paramedics arrived within 10 minutes but pronounced him dead at the scene.
Lesufi said counselors from the department were sent to the school where they provided the necessary support and debriefing in school to all affected.
“It is very unfortunate that a learner has decided to kill himself. This is a very sensitive issue on which we would first like to send our sincere condolences to the learner’s family. We also wish to express our sympathy to the school population for this loss, ”Lesufi said.
The ministry said the boy’s teenage girlfriend was receiving the necessary support.
Meanwhile, a 12th grade student at a Soweto school also died on Wednesday after struggling to breathe while in class.
The 18-year-old from Sekanontoane High School was rushed to a nearby clinic and later to Chris Hani Baragwanath Teaching Hospital.
However, she did not and died later that afternoon.
According to Steve Mabona of the Gauteng Department of Education, the student arrived at school and attended her class that morning but suddenly ran away from the classroom as she struggled to breathe.
Mabona said the principal called her parents and an ambulance.
However, the principal decided to rush the student to a nearby clinic instead of waiting for the ambulance.
“The clinic staff tried to help the learner, but they realized that she needed further medical treatment.
“She was then transferred to Chris Hani Baragwanath Teaching Hospital for further medical care. Sadly, she passed away in the afternoon.
Mabona said the department’s psychosocial unit was to visit the school on Thursday to provide necessary counseling to all those affected by the incident.
Lesufi said he was saddened by the student’s sudden death.
“We want to send our deepest condolences to the family and hope that the school community can find the strength to overcome this loss,” he said.