Another suspected schoolgirl suicide

HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter

Monday, April 11, 2011    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — A 14-year-old St James High School student is suspected to have committed suicide at her home here yesterday after she allegedly stole money from her mother who reprimanded her.

The deceased has been identified as Shaquilla Calame, affectionately called 'Angel', of a Hendon, Norwood, St James address.

She became the third schoolgirl in western Jamaica to die in this fashion in less than one month.

Last week another St James High School student, Annalise Authurs, of Rose Mount Gardens, Mount Salem, St James, committed suicide at her home.

One week before that the body of 15-year-old Tia Murray of Barracks Road, Savanna-la-Mar in Westmoreland, was found hanging from a mango tree in the community.

Yesterday, a dejected Rosemarie Fowles, Shaquilla's mother, said after she discovered that $5,000 was missing from the house, she threatened not to prepare any dinner and to shorten Shaquilla's and her sister's lunch money.

She was subsequently informed by one of her daughters that it was Shaquilla who stole the money.

"She took mi $5,000 and she never want to own up to it seh a she tek it but after a while me start lick out and tell dem say me going shorten dem lunch money and mi not going to cook any dinner for them," a weeping Fowles told the Observer.

Shortly after, Shaquilla could not be found and a search was launched for her.

The search ended shortly after 12:00 noon when Shaquilla's body was found swinging from the roof of a partially ruined board structure on the premises. A piece of rope was tied around her neck,

A distraught Fowles said last week Shaquilla told her that another student at her school had committed suicide, and threatened to do likewise.

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