The heart-breaking incident occurred last Saturday evening when Pham Dinh Tuyen, a student of Trung Vuong Junior High School, was found dead in his room at his house in the province’s Buon Ma Thuot City.
According to his family’s report, a few days earlier Tuyen was scolded by his mother and elder sister for his poor marks in art, one of his subjects at school, and he had been unhappy ever since.
At 18:30 pm on April 21, Tuyen returned home from school and continued getting reprimanded by his mother. He then went to his room and 30 minutes later one of member of his family entered the room and found him hanging.
Tuyen was taken to hospital immediately but he died on the way.
Tuyen was the family’s youngest son and all the adults in the family, especially his father, spoiled him since he had been very obedient, a member of Tuyen’s family said.
His mother and sister reprimanded him only because they wanted him to get better grades, the member said.
In a similar heart-breaking case, a grade-12 schoolgirl, Nguyen Thi K. O., at Dong Hung High School in the northern province of Thai Binh, committed suicide on January 7, 2012 to protest her math teacher’s punishment on a number of students who had got marks of 5 or below 5 on a mathematics test.
The teacher, 30-year-old To Thanh H., ordered those students to write down her answer key for the math test four times.
O, who got 5 marks, jumped from the second floor of the school and died in a hospital later the same day, after H. heavily insulted O. and threw her out of the class since she objected to H’s penalty.
After the incident, the school’s management suspended H. from teaching.