De­pressed teen jumps to death

Tempo - - Front Page - By KIER EDISON C. BELLEZA

CEBU CITY – A 17-year-old Grade 12 stu­dent fi­nally suc­ceeded in tak­ing her own life af­ter sev­eral at­tempts, jump­ing off an open win­dow at the sev­enth floor of her school build­ing in Barangay Kalu­bi­han here, late Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

The fa­tal­ity, iden­ti­fied as Jonah Vil­larin, an en­rollee at Asian Col­lege of Tech­nol­ogy, was im­me­di­ately rushed to the near­est hos­pi­tal but was pro­nounced dead on ar­rival due to se­vere head in­juries.

Stephen Descallar, school pres­i­dent, ex­pressed shock over the un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent.

He re­vealed Vil­larin tried to jump off the eighth floor of the school build­ing ear­lier that day but was pre­vented from do­ing so only through the timely in­ter­ven­tion of a teacher who then brought her to the school’s guid­ance coun­selor.

Ac­cord­ing to Descallar, Vil­larin ad­mit­ted to the guid­ance coun­selor she was al­legedly be­ing “phys­i­cally, ver­bally and psy­cho­log­i­cally abused” by her par­ents.

He quoted the young girl as say­ing: “Gikapoy na ko sa akong kinabuhi kay puros lang pain (I’m al­ready tired of my life be­cause it’s full of pain.)”

The vic­tim’s mother told po­lice Vil­larin at­tempted to take her life sev­eral times in the past, at one point in­gest­ing a dozen packs of monosodium glu­ta­mate (vetsin), as with a dozen of an­tibi­otics and parac­eta­mol cap­sules.

The mother added that at the time of her death, Vil­larin hasn’t been go­ing home for a week al­ready fol­low­ing a scold­ing.

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