MANILA – The British School Manila has broken its silence regarding one of its students who allegedly committed suicide after being scolded by his teacher.
Simon Mann, head of the private international school, said the school is extending its deepest sympathies to the family of of 18-year-old Liam Madamba, who allegedly committed suicide after being accused of plagiarism by his teacher, who is a British national.
''We share in the grief of the Madamba family and respect their privacy and we aim to support them and our whole community through this challenging and difficult time,'' Mann said.
Mann said, in the wake of the incident, the school will be holding a forum for the families of students.
''We will be holding a forum for our families to share how we can help and support their children over the coming days and weeks and we will be holding a student-led memorial service at school to commemorate Liam's life,'' he said.
''We hope that our strong community will be able to help the Madamba family, our students, our staff and our families cope with this tragedy."
Mann did not address in the statement the issue involving Madamba's alleged plagiarism case, but he said ''at this time, we are making available significantly increased counselling services for students who may need help in dealing with this tragic incident. We are also monitoring our students carefully and providing support when and where it is needed."
The Madamba family said it is inclined to pursue charges against the teacher. It is also asking for a hold departure order against the teacher.