Girl tries to kill herself after losing schoolbook


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 11 Jun 2003

BY BERNARD SEE

PENANG: Barely a day after a Universiti Sains Malaysia freshman hanged himself, an 11-year-old schoolgirl attempted suicide after losing a book containing her homework. 

Fortunately for the Year Five pupil who tried to hang herself from a staircase railing, a couple staying in the same block of flats in George Town spotted and rescued her. 

According to the man, the girl had a wire wound around her neck and was suspended from the railing between the ground and first floors when he and his wife saw her at 1.30am. 

“We quickly lifted her by the legs, loosened the wire around her neck and placed her on the ground. She was unconscious but we managed to revive her by gently slapping her face. 

“When the girl was able to talk, we asked why she tried to take her own life. She told us she was afraid of being scolded by her teacher as she had lost her homework,” said the man, who declined to be identified. 

He said the girl also told them that it was better to be dead than to be scolded by the teacher or ridiculed by her classmates.  

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