12-year-old primary school student allegedly commits suicide in South Africa
In South Africa, a 12-year-old boy died after receiving counselling following concerns about his mental health.
The Grade 7 student at Avanté Primary School in Randfontein allegedly committed suicide shortly after leaving a school counselling session.
Matome Chiloane, the Gauteng education MEC, confirmed the incident in a statement on Friday, October 14, 2022, saying the boy committed suicide last Thursday.
Chiloane, who paid a visit to the boy’s family on Friday afternoon, stated that concerns were raised about the boy prior to the September recess, after which he began receiving counselling sessions at the school.
“The incident occurred after counselling sessions with the pupil at school, emanating from concern about his wellbeing, before recess in September,” Chiloane Said.
“The department and its psychosocial unit, with the Vuka Ukhanye NGO and other local support systems, are assisting fellow pupils with individual debriefing and counselling.
“We wish to convey our deepest sympathies to the family and school community at large for their loss.
“We are shattered by this incident. We call on pupils who may be experiencing personal difficulties to reach out to our support systems at their schools.” he added.