Samoa: 2 students commit suicide – one on eve of graduation

APIA, Samoa — A student at the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) took his own life several days before graduation last week.

The incident is under investigation, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Fauono Talalelei Tapu said.

The suicide victim was a young man from Manono-tai, who was found hanging inside one of APTC’s training rooms.

The deceased was a Cookery student who lived on campus with international students.

His friends believe a troubled relationship with a woman, a fellow student, may have been the cause of the suicide.

Counsellors from Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG), in response to a request from APTC’s management, spoke to students afterwards.

In a separate incident a schoolgirl from a school close to Apia who took her own life, was laid to rest last week.


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