A 13-year-old girl in the city who was allegedly caught copying by her teacher committed suicide on Wednesday evening.

According to police sources, M. Thenmozhi of Govind Singh Street, Pulianthope, studying in Class VIII in Chennai High School in the same area was caught copying during an examination on Tuesday.

The teacher warned her that she would take the matter to the notice of the Principal.

Upset over this, the girl went home and informed her mother.

On Wednesday when her parents went to work, Thenmozhi committed suicide by hanging herself.

Police pacify relatives

Some relatives and friends of the family came to the school on Thursday morning and demanded action against the teacher.

However, police officials intervened and pacified them. A case of unnatural death was registered by the Pulianthope police.

“After the girl was caught copying the teacher gave her a stern warning. The school was closed on Thursday following the death of the student. We have registered a case under Section 174 of the Cr.PC,” Joint Commissioner of Police (North) S.N. Seshasai said.

P.K. Sekar, Pattali Makkal Katchi's North Chennai district secretary, said Thenmozhi was the daughter of one of his friends.

“The girl was affected by chicken pox and did not go to school for a few days. She told her parents – Muthu and Selvi – that the teacher had warned her not to indulge in copying,” he said.

After conducting post-mortem police handed over the body to the girl's family late on Wednesday.

“Since the school was closed on Thursday, the family members thought that the teachers were trying to avoid an enquiry.

“They sat on the Ammaimmal Street in front of the school demanding action. We explained the case to them following which they dispersed,” Sub-Inspector of Police Maduramuthu added.

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