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Shock as grade four pupil commits suicide inside classroom

A twelve-year-old grade four pupil commits suicide inside a classroom at Sare Primary School in Awendo, Migori County. 

An investigation has been opened by the police into the death of a 12-year-old student who is thought to have committed suicide inside a classroom at Sare Primary School in Awendo, Migori County. 

According to the area chief, Paul Ogweno, students who had just arrived at school on Tuesday morning discovered the body of the grade four pupil hanging inside the classroom.

Ogweno stated that they have not yet determined what happened before the boy committed suicide. 

The learner left early in the morning, according to the mother of the child, and had not complained of anything.

The body of the deceased was moved to Rapcom Hospital mortuary pending autopsy and police investigation.

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The local chief has meantime urged parents to speak with their children frequently so that they can be aware of some of the difficulties they are facing.

He said many children could be mentally unwell because of family issues among others. Without the attention and emotional support of their parents, they resolve to suicide. 

Ogweno said there is a need for both children and adults to get necessary psychosocial support when they are stressed.

Migori County has had increasing cases of mental illness according to the data from the county department of health. 

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