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Last message by teen who took own life after being asked to shave her hair as punishment

By Hilary Kimuyu September 30th, 2022 2 min read

A family in Nakuru County has been left in agony after their 16-year-old kin died by suicide after a teacher asked her to shave her hair as punishment.

The body of Shamamcy Wanjiru, a Form Three student at Langalanga Secondary School, was discovered dangling from the ceiling of her grandmother’s house in Kaloleni Estate.

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According to the police, prior to the unfortunate occurrence, she had, among other students, been ordered to shave their hair, a decision her aunt (who was taking care of her following her mother’s death) supported.

“She was given the punishment on closing day September 16 alongside 13 other girls. The school reopened on Wednesday and they had not shaved,” a police report indicated.

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According to a letter dated September 26, the principal of the school, Mrs Rufina Nkonge, sent the student back home to discuss the situation with her guardian.

“You are requested to come to school on September 28, 2022, at 10 am to discuss the issue of your child undoing her hair during closing assembly,” the letter read in part.

A suicide note was found at the crime scene apologising to the said teacher.

“I am sending this note to let you know that I am sincerely sorry for misbehaving. I deeply regret my actions.

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I also jeopardized the relations between you and I. Looking forward to hearing from you,” the note dated September 27 read in part.

The family has blamed the school in part for what happened, but they want the administration to find the other girls to prevent any more tragedies like this one from happening.

Police were notified, and according to Nakuru County Police Commander Peter Mwanzo, the body was taken to the mortuary at Nakuru Level Five Hospital.

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