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Author`s name Dmitry Sudakov

Teacher commits suicide after her school collapses in small Russian town, killing 5

Another tragedy took place in the town of Belayevka in Russia’s Orenburg region, where five female students had been killed when their school collapsed. The form-mistress of the class, where the victims studied, committed suicide soon after the accident. The 43-year-old woman was found hanged. The woman had two sons, a ninth-grader, and an older boy, who currently serves in the army.

The woman hanged herself in the garage near her own house. Her husband found her there at 8:00 a.m.

The police said that the teacher of the collapsed school could not be guilty of the tragedy.

The woman might have committed suicide due to the pressure from her colleagues or law-enforcement agents. “Teachers treat their students like their own children, especially in such a small town like Belayevka. In this case it goes about mother-child relations. The form mistress was staying under a very stressful situation after the school collapsed,” an expert said.

It is not ruled out that the teachers of the school attempted to find a scapegoat in the tragedy, and the form mistress might have found herself in the heat of the moment.

The Orenburg region will mourn the victims of the school collapse on October 3.

The school in the settlement of Belayevka collapsed Wednesday, October 1, at 11:30 a.m. local time. Five girls were killed, four other people – three students and a worker – suffered different injuries.

Rescuers evacuated 342 students, 32 teachers and builders from the school. The rescuers also pulled six people from under the rubble of the collapsed building. All of them have been hospitalized.

The school administration was conducting repairs in the building to replace windows. The works to mount new plastic windows were launched in August 2008.

A crack was found in one of the walls of the building on the day when the tragedy occured. The administration was evacuating the children from the school, and many of them were running along the stairways when the central part of the building collapsed.

The school in the settlement of Belayevka was built in 1958-1959.

Photo: First Channel

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