Vasanthapiriya a quiet girl with no disciplinary issues, says former teacher

Looi Sue-Chern

M. Vasanthapiriya, who was accused of stealing a teacher's iPhone, died this morning at Seberang Jaya Hospital after being in a coma for a week, following a suicide attempt over the accusation against her. – The Malaysian Insight pic, February 1, 2018.

M. VASANTHAPIRIYA, the 13-year-old girl who attempted suicide after being accused of stealing a teacher’s iPhone 6, was a quiet and timid girl, said her former teacher.

The former teacher, who taught Vasanthapiriya a few years ago, said the teen never had disciplinary problems.

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  • There are too many teachers who committed crimes by going against SOP, rules, laws, much less common sense. The increased numbers of police reports and legal suits are justified, as reflected on the ground, due to the failure of Ministry of Education of learning and acting on past cases.

    Posted 4 years ago by Kuasa Rakyat

  • I think this sort of police technique, where having suspicion, but no certain evidence , you apply pressure on the suspect, by either shaming them in public or by causing physical discomfort in order to make them confess, is not something a teacher should do to minors.

    But then again , thats what you have when you just let anybody become teachers - they will just apply their own ideas of what is right or wrong , although their right or wrong might not be a suitable right or wrong for a teacher to have. This teacher and her husband seem like they are probably more suited to be police officers than teachers.

    But saying that , there is something very wrong with the way we view ourselves and they way we treat each other when the number of us who see suicide as a solution seem to be , at least on the face of it, higher than average. By us , i mean the Indian community

    Posted 4 years ago by Nehru Sathiamoorthy

  • This is a very unfortunate incident indeed. We would have thought that the teacher would behave professionally as they werd entrusted with responsibilty to care and love the childreb. Though i do not condone suicide, that is the bravest action any human can do in the face of a crisis. That young soul was truly depressed and traumatized by the whole thing.... i just hope this can be a proper case study for the teachers in the whole nation for our whole education system to be improved in a prioper treatment of the children and youngsters in our country. After all, they are the future.

    Posted 4 years ago by Teddy Teddy