The Mae’s Secondary School has dismissed reports that a 15-year-old girl committed suicide because she was under investigation for the use of ecstasy.
As a matter of fact, Director of the school’s secondary division, Paul Burnette told a news conference Thursday afternoon that ecstasy was never discovered in the school.
“There was never ecstasy discovered at our school. There are a lot of rumours out there being peddled that at Mae’s school…I don’t know where they get it from…. We [teachers] have been very vigilant,” Burnette said.
Vanica Schultz of Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo died at the Woodlands Hospital just after 12 Thursday, hours after she told Burnette she ingested Carbon Tablets.
“She confessed she had ingested carbon tablet. I immediately rushed with her bodily shouting to the teacher to get her car so that we can take her to the hospital.
“It didn’t take her ten minutes to get to the hospital. I stood there…in awe as I saw them work on her, flushing her stomach and all of that,” Burnette told reporters.
The Director vehemently denied reports that the teachers delayed in rushing the young girl to the hospital.
He said the teenager arrived at school “happy” and gave all her friends letters but before the friends could even open the letters, the young lady started to vomit in the classroom at around 8:30 am.
The friends subsequently read the letters where Schultz apologised to them for things she would have done and said in the past and encouraged them to continue doing well in school.
But she gave no indication of why she committed suicide.
“We have no idea. We are in shock as you are. We are just like everybody else. We want to know what could have caused this. We want answers too,” Burnette said.
He said her friends saw an Instagram post by Schultz the night before apologizing but did not think anything of it.
According to the school, the young lady came through the system from the primary level and was never a problem child.
“She came through the primary…she was a pleasant, loving, regular, beautiful young lady,” Burnette said.