Schoolboy, 13, killed himself after pressure from teacher to learn poem by heart
12th December 2018

A schoolboy is reported to have jumped to his death after struggling to learn a poem by heart.

Daniil Petrenev, 13, was said to have been talented at maths but struggled with the arts and especially literature.

The teenager is said to have committed suicide in the western Russian capital city Moscow after reportedly failing to learn ‘Molitva’ (‘The Prayer’), a short poem by the Russian writer Mikhail Lermontov.

According to Daniil’s relatives, he had a strong ability for maths, physics and robotics.

The boy’s teacher, who has not been named, has been accused of trying to force the boy to learn the poem despite the fact that he had difficulties in memorising texts and ignoring the fact that he was a strong pupil in other areas.

It is reported that on December 5 Daniil tried to learn the poem by heart again but failed.

When his grandmother entered his bedroom to check on him, she saw that it was empty and that the balcony door was open.

The woman entered the balcony and saw footprints in the snow that had settled on his window sill.

When she looked down to the street below she saw her grandson’s motionless body lying in the snow.

The woman called the emergency services, and the paramedics on the scene could only confirm that Daniil was already dead.

The boy’s father, who has not been named, told local media: "This witch (the teacher) killed my son!"

Police have opened a criminal case. The teacher, whose name has not been disclosed, was reportedly charged with driving the boy to commit suicide and is under investigation.

The woman faces up to three years in prison if found guilty.

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