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Learners receive counselling after teen's suicide

A 14-year-old learner in Cape Town allegedly committed suicide last week as a result of being bullied.

Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Learners at a Plumstead school are receiving trauma counselling following the alleged suicide of a learner.

A 14-year-old grade seven pupil allegedly committed suicide last week as a result of being bullied.

The boy was reportedly ridiculed by teachers who allegedly targeted him for being a slow learner.

Spokesperson for the Western Cape Education MEC Jessica Shelver.

"The department has sent counsellors to the school to debrief the learners, who are severely traumatised, and we are deeply saddened by the loss of such a young life. We can also confirm at this stage that no incidents of bullying have been reported by the learner to the school or the school social worker."