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Israel: 13-year-old committed suicide after she was unable to join her school tripA girl from central Israel couldn’t join her friends on the yearly school trip due to her family’s economic situation, and put an end to her life. Other parents: “No one raised a finger in order to find her a solution.” The Education Ministry: “We have launched an investigation to learn the circumstances of the incident.”
A 13-year-old girl put an end to her life today (Tuesday) after she was unable to join her friends on the yearly school trip due to her family’s economic situation.
This morning, the girl arrived at school with her father, only to discover that the school was empty because everyone was already out on the school trip. The two returned to their home and several hours later, the father found his daughter after she had hung herself. The father summoned Magen David Adom to the scene, which were forced to determine her death on the spot.
“My daughter told me that the girl was ashamed to tell her parents about the trip because she knew they had no money to pay for it,” stated the mother of one of the girl’s friends. “This was not the first time that she didn’t go out on a trip because of financial difficulties… she would prepare as if she were going out on a school activity but would then go to her friends from a higher grade. It’s malice, insensitivity and nastiness by the entire school. They knew of her financial distress and no one raised a finger in order to find her a solution.”
A senior-level official from the Education Ministry who knows the case claims otherwise. “I know that her teacher spoke with her and even got her the necessary equipment for the trip. That being said, this is a very difficult incident.”
Sadly many children in these ages feel it’s the end of the world and instead of sharing it with the grownups, they decide to do something extreme,” the official added. “I would like to take advantage of this opportunity to address parents and children alike and tell them that they can always anonymously ask for help. We have the ability to help deal with it.”
Another senior-level official who is familiar with the case stated that the family was known and treated by welfare services. He added that from what he knew, the school waited for the girl for two hours in the morning before leaving for the trip and even tried to call her parents.
Meanwhile, the parents of the girl’s friend claim that if the school had really done everything to get her to go on the trip, she would have still been alive today. “My daughter told me how much the trip was important to her, how much she waited and prepared for it,” one of the mothers stated while crying. “There is an overall responsibility of the school and the Education Ministry. The Education Ministry is trying to come out clean and transfer the responsibility to the child, but it is not true in this case.”
The Education Ministry stated in response: “It is a very difficult incident. We informed the students during the school trip in the most sensitive way possible about the loss of the child. The Education Ministry CEO has launched an investigation to learn the circumstances of the incident.”
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