JINJA-UGANDA/NEWSDAY; A Wanyange Girls’ Senior Secondary School S4 student who reportedly committed suicide in a dormitory had told friends in a WhatsApp group during lock-down about her death.
Josephine Namuli allegedly committed suicide in her dormitory on Tuesday at around 7am using a rope attached to her bed and her body according to the Kiira Region Police Spokesperson, Mr James Mubi, they retrieved her body and took it to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital for a postmortem at 7 am on Tuesday.
“This is a suicide case; the administration has no problem because the girl ended her own life; however, police is on ground to establish the cause [of the suicide],” Mr Mubi told journalists.
The Acting Jinja City Principal Education Officer, Ms Amina Mutesi, said information she got from one of the school administrators is that the deceased had issues of resentment right from the first Covid-19 lockdown, Daily Monitor reported on Wednesday.
Ms Mutesi said reports from the school indicate the dead student remained in the dormitory while her colleagues went for the morning preps on Tuesday.
“When the preps ended and the colleagues returned to the dormitory, they found their friend hanging dead,” Ms Mutesi, who described the incident as “unfortunate”, was quoted saying by Daily Monitor and she encouraged learners to speak out on any issues that bothered them so that they get professional help.
You will be surprised when they say RIP Josephine.
Mutesi claimed that during the lock-down, the deceased and a few friends created a WhatsApp group, and on that group, she allegedly sent a message saying: “you will be surprised when they say RIP Josephine.”
“Already that was an indicator that there was a psychological problem but the students on that platform didn’t see any value in her message; they are now realising that those were some of the signs of the breakdown of the student,” Ms Mutesi said according to Daily Monitor.
Wanyange headteacher Deborah Wesonga Basekanakyo, said “Our student was found dead in the dormitory at 7am by her friends after morning preps and called in the Police who acted promptly. Please continue praying for the students, the parents, the staff and all of us that the Lord shall remain God, even in this situation. We had church service in our chapel, and the matron has kindly offered to stay with the students in their dormitory for some time.”
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