“I feel so empty ” – Heartbreaking last words from 16-year-old South African girl who committed suicide after being bullied and accused of witchcraft by classmates

I want to be finished; I’m so empty that I just want to die and rest in peace so I can be free. These were the somber final words of Lathitha Nako, a 16-year-old South African schoolgirl who committed suicide.

After being bullied by peers for having a spiritual gift, a Grade 10 student at Bhisho High School committed suicide.

Lathitha consumed pesticide and died in hospital on Wednesday, November 17 in the Eastern Cape, according to reports.

I’m so depleted, Last words of a 16-year-old South African girl who killed herself after being tormented and accused of witchcraft by classmates.
She spoke honestly about the bullying she faced on social media before she died.

In a voice note to her friend and a message to her cousin obtained by local media, Lathitha relayed her agony of being ridiculed in front of classmates after she failed a test and being accused of witchcraft by other pupils.

She then tells the friend that she was tired of fighting. 

"I feel so empty " - Heartbreaking last words from 16-year-old South African girl who committed suicide after being bullied and accused of witchcraft by classmates

Her heartbroken family is urging that bullying in schools be addressed in order to avoid future tragedies.

Nathitha aspired to be a physician. Her family had tremendous expectations, but they were destroyed by tragedy.

“My heart is heavy because I will never see Lathitha again; I will only see her in images,” Mother Kholeka Nako adds. My heart will continue to hurt. Bisho High School has been declared a failure. I have a hard time sleeping.”

Calls are coming in from all directions to figure out what’s going on.

According to Petros Majola of the Khula Community Development Project, a program to prevent bullying in schools must be implemented.

“Let us sit down and develop a program that deals with bullying at schools. We are aware that they do have their own policies but at the same time we are not sure that they are vocal about these policies.”

The Provincial Department of Education is also investigating the circumstances leading to her suicide.

Eastern Cape Department of Education Spokesperson, Vuyiseka Mboxela says an urgent investigation is under way.

“There must be an urgent investigation tomorrow there is a meeting which is going to look holistic into this learner which is then going to give a directive and there is a multidisciplinary committee because there are other people outside the department who interested in this matter.” Mboxela said.

Meanwhile, social workers will also be deployed to the school to provide support to learners and teacher. 

"I feel so empty " - Heartbreaking last words from 16-year-old South African girl who committed suicide after being bullied and accused of witchcraft by classmates
"I feel so empty " - Heartbreaking last words from 16-year-old South African girl who committed suicide after being bullied and accused of witchcraft by classmates
"I feel so empty " - Heartbreaking last words from 16-year-old South African girl who committed suicide after being bullied and accused of witchcraft by classmates

Watch video from a protest ongoing outside the school on Monday, November 22. 

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