Students and teachers at Chinga Boys High School in Nyeri County were left in shock after a four student committed suicide under unclear circumstances.
According to the school principal Kiringo M’eringo, it is still not clear what could have led him to take his own life.
Deputy Sub County police commander Boniface Wakhanu said the boy was discovered with a bedsheet tied around his neck but added that there was no suicide note found.
The students reportedly went to bed as usual after their evening preps and it was then that the boy took his own life.The students whose details are still unclear because the family had not yet been notified is said to have been an average student who was well behaved.
Other students in the same dormitory had to spend the night in the cold of the classroom as the dormitory became condemned off.
M’eringo said that they then called ministry officials and the police who took over the matter.
School activities have resumed and the students who are writing their end of term one exams are expected to go on break tomorrow.
The body was taken by the police and is at Kiriani Mission mortuary awaiting post mortem to give more answers as to what transpired.
The number of suicides reported in Kenya rose by 58 per cent between 2008 and 2017 to reach 421, official data reveal.
Although the number of suicide cases has been rising since 2008, the data show the lowest incidents were recorded in 2010 at 75 cases.
The report also shows that more men are likely to commit suicide than women. Out of the 421 suicide cases in 2017, 330 involved men.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that close to 800,000 people commit suicide every year, which means one person every 40 seconds. Many more attempt suicide, WHO adds.
The World Population Review ranks Kenya at position 114 among 175 countries with the highest suicide rate.
The world Population Review in its survey states that Kenya’s suicide rate is at least 6.5 suicides per 100,000 people, a figure echoed by World Health Organisation.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth in the 15-29 age bracket.
Besides depression, other risk factors include access to firearms, physical or sexual abuse, unemployment, strained relationships, imprisonment, chronic physical illness, financial difficulties, loneliness and exposure to the suicidal behaviour of others.