Punishing teenager led to suicide

@ellie26 (4128)
Malaysia
April 10, 2008 1:28am CST
Recently, a news in our local newspaper about a 14 year old teenage boy, who committed suicide by jumping from a fifth floor building at his school. The story was that this boy was a bright student and a very helpful friend. During his last examination, he was caught trying to help a friend with the exam's answers. His parent was informed of wrong doings and as a punishment from the school, he was demoted to another class. Back at home he was scolded by his mother and as a punishment he was not given anything to eat for the night. Apparently, his parents has recently divorced and he was living with his mother. He was alive when they brought him to the ER, the parents managed to talk to him and ask him why he did such a stupid thing. He told them that he felt demoralized over school incident couple with stress over his parents divorce, he just couldn't take the pressure any more. Sadly, after four hours, he died from internal bleeding and multiple broken bones. He was the only child. Who do you think should take the blame for this boy's suicide, parents or teachers? Do you think the punishments received by the boy were unacceptable?
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@zandi458 (27954)
• Malaysia
10 Apr 08
Poor boy! I think parents should be more sensitive to their children emotional feeling. Nobody knows what punishments are acceptable or what is not. Use good judgement.
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@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
10 Apr 08
I guess you are right. If we neglect our responsibility as parents, then who would they turn to?
• United States
20 Apr 08
I think demoting him was a little harsh but no dinner was okay.and I think he would be still alive if that was the only thing that happened to him.but with his parents divorcing and the pressure he felt to do well inschool was too much.In fact I would have done the same thing if I were in his shoes.Everyone has their breaking point and he reached his.Who's to blame? I don't know.