Accused of stealing handphone, teenager tries to hang herself


NIBONG TEBAL: A secondary schoolgirl tried to hang herself at home hours after being accused of stealing her teacher’s handphone.

The student left a note to her parents, saying she did not steal the phone. She also did not want to cause them any more trouble.

In the incident on Wednesday night, the 14-year-old, who is the youngest of four siblings, tried to hang herself with a shawl.

Her current condition is said to be critical.

The father, a former cook in his 50s, said a missing handphone could be replaced but “can my daughter’s life be replaced? She is on life support now”.

He said his daughter was brought home by the class teacher and her husband at about 6.15pm.

“They said the theft was captured on CCTV but they could not confirm whether the girl in the footage was my daughter.

“She said she did not steal the phone when I asked her,” he said.

He later found out that his daughter had locked herself in the room.

“I managed to open the door and performed CPR before taking her to the hospital,” he said.

Meanwhile, David Marshel, the president of NGO Malaysian Tamilar Kural said: “We will refer the case to the police as the teacher should not have taken the girl home in her car without parental consent or the consent of the school.

Marshel later accompanied the girl’s uncle to lodge a police report against the teacher.

Representatives from the school declined to comment.

Those in need of a sympathetic ear can call Befrienders in the Klang Valley (03-7956 8145) and Penang (04-281 5161/281 1108). They can also email sam@befrienders.org.my.