Depression feared in girl's death

Depression feared in girl's death

Nakhon Ratchasima: A 14-year-old student at a prestigious all-girls school who was thought to have suffered from depression was found dead, allegedly after falling from a school building.

The girl's body was discovered in an open area on the second floor of the building at the Suranaree Witthaya School in Muang district yesterday morning.

Police believe she likely fell from the eighth floor the night before.

A pair of socks and shoes and two school bags full of textbooks were found on the balcony of the eighth floor.

School director Wilas Duang- ngern said a fact-finding committee has been formed to look into the incident. The panel will work with police investigators in the case.

The team will need more time to compile information from various sources, he said.

The student attended Matthayom 2 (grade 8). Classmates and the teacher supervising her class were in shock and counselling will be provided for them, according to the Office of the Secondary Educational Service in Nakhon Ratchasima.

The office said that on May 30, the student informed her parents she was working on an assignment with friends at the school and would be home late.

That evening when she did not return home her parents were unable to reach her on her mobile phone, none of her friends knew her whereabouts and a search of the area proved fruitless.

They filed a report with Muang Nakhon Ratchasima police, however the next morning, the school called the girl's parents to say her body had been discovered by a janitor.

Amporn Pinasa, secretary-general of the Office of the Basic Education Commission, said how she came to fall could not yet be confirmed.

The local educational service office was expediting the probe into the incident.

However, Mr Amporn said he has received a report from the police suggesting the girl may have been suffering from depression.

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