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Matric pupil commits suicide

A grade 12 pupil from St Theresa's High School committed suicide on Wednesday night.

A grade 12 pupil from St Theresa's High School committed suicide on Wednesday night.

JOHANNESBURG - A Johannesburg grade 12 girl apparently committed suicide at her Hurlingham home on the first day of the 2014 academic year.

The teenager attended the St.Theresa's High School in Rosebank, where she has been for several years.

Her younger sister is at the same school and is one grade behind her.

The school's principal, Sister Barbara Summer, says it appears the pupil committed suicide on Wednesday night.

"It would seem that was what happened. She was alone with her mother in the house."

She says counselling has been offered to pupils.

"We've supported each other with our love. Together we prayed for her and lit a candle. The matrics have been working really hard to allow themselves to be supported by one another."

It's not yet known why the pupil took her own life.

Meanwhile, a clinical psychologist says there's been a marked increase in bullying at schools, especially among younger pupils.

Pupils nationwide are back in the classroom after more than a month a long break.

Eddie Wolff says there are far-reaching effects on the lives of children who feel excluded from the so called in-crowd.

"It also affects their interaction with other pupils in the school and will almost always lead to underperformance or nonattendance of certain sport or cultural activities. They tend to withdraw because they don't want to feel bullied."