A FRENCH schoolboy has killed himself after being threatened with expulsion for having a terse argument with fellow pupils in class, says a report.
The boy, 13, died in hospital hours after returning home from college, despite attempts to save his life in Marseille.
Students were reported to have become “rowdy during a music lesson”, according to local daily paper La Provence.
It’s alleged that a heated row broke out, and “threats and insults were uttered” in the class.
But the boy had later “fiercely denied” making any threats towards other students.
However, he was told to attend a meeting with the college’s administration, along with his parents.
Sources told La Provence that a “disciplinary council, and even a sanction which could go as far as expulsion – perhaps only temporarily – was mentioned” at that meeting.
NO HISTORY OF DISRUPTION
On Monday evening, firefighters and paramedics were called to his home, but he died several hours later at Hospital Timone, a university hospital in Marseille.
A school spokesman said the boy “was not known at all” for previously disrupting lessons.
In a letter sent home to parents, the principal said that psychologists were being provided at school to help students.
Parents were also asked to advise children against mentioning the boy’s death on social media, out of respect for his family.
YOU'RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
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