Indonesian student allegedly commits suicide after punishment from school

JAKARTA - A 16-year-old schoolgirl committed suicide by hanging herself after she received a punishment from her school, the police have claimed.

The student of the Agriculture Development Vocational High School (SMK-PP) in Pemayung district in Batanghari regency, Jambi, was found dead hanging in her parents' house in Sungai Buluh village in Muara Bulian district, Batanghari, on Sunday.

Investigation unit head at the Muara Bulian Police, Sec. Insp. Amran, said the victim had been first found by her parents.

"We are still investigating the motive for the alleged suicide," he said on Monday.

The girl went to her parents instead of her dormitory on Saturday. She told her parents that she had been punished by her school, Amran said.

"She said she had been ordered to hoe the school's garden and plant five different flowers," he said.

Amran added that her parents had said they overheard a telephone conversation between her and a person believed to be from the school, asking why she did not return to the dorm.

The reason for her punishment is unknown.