Death of 9-year-old not suicide, coroner rules


The death of a young girl who killed herself in her school bathroom has been ruled as self-inflicted, but not a suicide, by the coroner.

The nine-year-old was found unresponsive in the bathroom on November 3 last year and died in hospital the next day.

According to coroner Carla na Nagara, the death lacked evidence to be ruled as a suicide.

Instead, it's believed the Palmerston North girl acted impulsively after several upsetting events in the two days leading up to her death.

Due to her age it's unlikely the girl was fully aware of the consequences of her actions, the coroner ruled.

"Things must have felt unmanageable and overwhelming for her that morning," Coroner na Nagara said in her report.

A number of details in the case, including the names of the girl and the school, are suppressed.

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs immediate help, call Lifeline on 0800 543 354 or the Suicide Prevention Helpline on 0508 828 865.