Emotions Still Raw Nearly a Week After Vasanthapiriya’s Death

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A man shouted abuses and hurled stones at SMK Nibong Tebal yesterday, barely a week after its 14-year-old student M Vasanthapiriya died.

The school’s Parent and Teacher Association (PTA) spokesman told The Sun that he was informed by the principal of the school of the incident.

“The man came to the entrance of the school gate at about 10.15am, yelled and threw stones at the school despite the presence of security guard and teachers there. Luckily no one was injured,” he was quoted saying.

Police rushed to the school following a report lodged by the school. The registration number of the motorcycle was given to the police.

The spokesman appealed to the public not to take the law into their own hands as such acts would only add salt to the wounds inflicted by the death of Vasanthapiriya.

He added that the PTA would call for a press conference after the state education department and police have released the outcome of the findings in the investigation of the case.

On Jan 24, Form Two student Vasanthapiriya was accused of stealing her teacher’s phone.

She was then summoned by four teachers and quizzed over the lost phone.

One of the teachers reportedly struck Vasanthapiriya for failing to own up to the theft.

The teacher and her husband – who is a teacher from another school – allegedly threatened to lodge a police report on the matter.

Vasanthapiriya attempted to commit suicide the same night at her house and was in a coma at the Seberang Jaya Hospital until she succumbed to brain injuries on Feb 1.


Meanwhile, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said there was speculation on blogs that were inaccurate.

“So many allegations were made that are just not true.

“The investigation process was completed last Friday and referred to the Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) but certain parties accused us of not doing anything and also accused the Education Ministry.

“Exaggeration won’t help. It will only make things worse,” Fuzi said yesterday.

He added that the police would leave it to the DPP to decide on case classification.

Police have also refuted claims that an iPhone reported lost by the teacher has been found.

Seberang Prai Selatan district police chief Superintendent Shafee Abd Samad said that claims by the family members of the late Vasanthapiriya, that the teacher recovered her phone at an eatery outlet, were not true, the New Straits Times reported.

Earlier reports:

Feb 2, Girl Accused of Phone Theft Laid to Rest

Feb 1, Accused of Stealing Teacher’s Handphone, Girl Who Attempted Suicide Dies

Jan 27, Form Two Girl in Suicide Bid After Teacher Accuses Her of Stealing Handphone