Four 16-year-old female students committed suicide by jumping into a well [PHOTOS]

Four 16-year-old female school students have reportedly committed suicide by jumping into a well Friday afternoon after their teacher ordered them to bring their parents, presumably for an offense they committed.

According to police, the students – all aged 16 years and studying in class XI at a government school in Panapakkam – jumped into a well in Ramapuram in Avalur. They were identified as Manisha, Sankari, Deepa and Revathi, all residents of Panapakkam.

Preliminary inquiry revealed that their teacher had asked them to bring their parents to school as they did not do well in academics. “It looks like they took the extreme step out of fear,” a police officer said.

The incident came to light after residents of the locality grew suspicious on finding two bicycles used by the students, their bags containing books and footwear near the well. The police were informed at 4 p.m.

Villagers, along with the Fire and Rescue Services personnel, began their search for the girls. The bodies of three of the girls were recovered from the well, while search was on for the fourth. Police attached to Avalur station are investigating.

An official of the Education Department said they were conducting inquiry with the school authorities.

Following the death of the students, the District Education Officer held an inquiry and suspended the school Principal and the students’ class teacher.

Offering his condolences to the families of the deceased girls, PMK Founder S. Ramadoss said education should be made enjoyable for school students with games and without burden. “Only then suicides by students can be put an end to.”