Chatsworth student kills himself after school disciplinary

A short while after pleading for a second chance to reform during a disciplinary hearing, a timid 17-year-old pupil was found hanged with his school tie in the kitchen of his Westcliff home, last Tuesday.

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The Chatsworth Secondary School pupil, Matthew Joash David, was described as a humble and introverted youngster, who will be missed by a host of family and friends.

Speaking to Rising Sun journalists, his devastated mother, Judy David, who buried her youngest child on Saturday, recalled the last moments she spent with her son.

“Matthew and I went to the school to collect his report. We waited for two to three hours for the principal to meet with us and issue the report card. When we were eventually called into his office, my son and I had unknowingly walked into a disciplinary hearing. The principal, teachers and the governing body chairman were present to resolve an issue with Matthew,” she said.

According to David, her son was not given a chance to defend himself while the principal used derogatory terms on Matthew. David also stated that this was the first time she was informed of any behavioural problems regarding her son.

“Matthew was called a pervert and when he tried to justify himself, the principal told him to shut up. The principal told Matthew that he is wasting his time and that my child is destined for death or jail. Matthew began sobbing and put both his hands together and begged them for a second chance. After the meeting, he was given a letter to visit a social worker and was told that he is not wanted back in the school. We had no choice but to leave. We took a taxi and on our way home, Matthew met some of his friends and began to cry when he saw them. He said he can’t handle being victimized anymore. He said this was the last straw,” the traumatized mother added.

The 55-year-old mother added that Matthew walked home much before her and locked himself in the house.

The 17-year-old child committed suicide by hanging himself and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

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Source: Rising Sun Chatsworth


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