[ISN] Hacking charge teen commits suicide

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Date: Mon May 14 2001 - 13:36:42 PDT

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    By: John Leyden
    Posted: 14/05/2001 at 12:35 GMT
    The parents of a 13 year-old boy who committed suicide are blaming his
    suspension from school following allegations of hacking for his death.
    Shinjan Majumder hung himself in his family home on 4 May, hours after
    been suspended from Grover Middle School in New Jersey, USA for ten
    days after allegedly hacking into the school district's computer
    New Jersey Online reports that the youngster had no previous history
    of depression and was keen on sports, such as Tae Kwon Do and
    swimming, as well as computers at school. His mother, Rita Majumder,
    reportedly blames school authorities for Shinjan's untimely death,
    which has left a whole community grief-stricken.
    This seems harsh but there is a question mark over whether
    disciplinary procedures by the school were handled as sensitively as
    they could have been.
    Jayanta Majumder, the boy's father, alleges school principal Mayer
    told Shinjan during a disciplinary meeting that he could go to prison
    for his offences. School authorities deny this and said they were
    talking about the penalties that an adult might receive for similar
    Shinjan reportedly left a note saying he would rather die than go to
    jail. His father said that he did not seem distraught when he left him
    at home after his suspension interview and in the circumstances its
    difficult to know what was going through the boy's mind at the time of
    his death.
    District superintendent John Fitzsimons said teachers followed correct
    procedures in the case and, while teachers mourn Shinjan's death, they
    aren't responsible for it. He added the answers why Shinjan took his
    life might never be fully explained.
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