Deputy principal ‘saddened’ by Bryanston boy’s death

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The deputy principal of Bryanston High School in the north of Johannesburg has been left saddened by the death of the 16-year-old boy whose body was discovered hanged from a tree at the nearby St Stithians College.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss of a young life, and our thoughts and prayers are with the boy’s family and friends,” deputy principal of the school Andy Crighton said.

Crighton added the management of the school, together with the psychologist, have already arranged counselling for pupils and educators in need of support, Sandton Chronicle reported.

He said the boy’s death was unexpected and that the incident was being investigated by the police. The circumstances surrounding the death were still unclear. Colonel Andries Odendaal of the Randburg police said the boy’s body was found at 6.30am on Saturday, May 16.

“It appears to have been a suicide, and the paramedics declared him dead at the scene,” Odendaal

Spokesperson for the Gauteng department of education Phumla Sekhonyane on Tuesday told The Citizen the department had been made aware of the incident and has since visited the family.

“We have provided counselling at the school, and for now the matter is under police investigation,” she said.

“Bryanston High School strongly urges the media to respect the privacy of the family and friends who are currently dealing with an incredible loss,” Crighton added.

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