16-Year-Old Girl Takes Own Life After Being Asked To Shave Her
Hair As Punishment
A Form three student at Langalanga Secondary School in Nakuru, Kenya reportedly took her own life after a teacher asked her to shave her hair.
Reports indicate that the teenager identified as Shamamcy Wanjiru committed suicide on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at their home in Kaloleni.
Her family say, prior to the unfortunate occurrence, she had, among other students, been ordered to shave their hair, a decision her aunt (who was taking care of her following her mother’s death) supported.
This was to work as a punishment for allegedly unbraiding her hair on the closing day of the second term in mid-September.
They say after schools reopened, the teacher raised the same issue and asked her to be accompanied by her guardian the following day.
“Alikuja nyumbani Monday jioni akaambiwa na class teacher Tuesday asikuje shule akuje na mzazi sasa Wednesday wakaenda akaambiwa anyoe…. alikuja nyumbani akiwa na hasira nikamwambia anyoe akasema atajua vile atanyoa,” her relative told local media.
Loosely translated as “(She came home on Tuesday and informed me that their class teacher had asked her to be accompanied by her parents. On Wednesday, we went to school and the teacher said she has to shave her hair. She got very furious about it.)”
According to the family, Wanjiru left an apology letter to the said teacher before hanging herself.