Auckland teen died by suicide the day after receiving NCEA outcomes

A 17-year-old died by suicide the day after studying he had missed out on two NCEA credit he wanted for college.

Mekellan Naidoo had accomplished Yr 13 at east Auckland’s Botany Downs Secondary College in 2016, with plans to review instructing at Auckland College in 2017, a report from Coroner Katharine Greig, launched this month, mentioned.


He obtained his NCEA outcomes on January 17, 2017 and died the next day, the certificates of findings mentioned.

Mekellan lived in East Tamaki together with his mother and father and brother.


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His mom, Shirley Naidoo, mentioned Mekellan had been in a automobile accident on January 15, taking a nook too rapidly and damaging two wheels.



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“He was upset by the incident and additional upset when there was extra injury to the car when it was towed,” Coroner Greig mentioned.

“Mrs Naidoo mentioned that this incident prompted stress for Mekellan whom she described as having ‘all the time been a delicate youngster’.”

Upon receiving his NCEA outcomes, Mekellan found he was two geography credit brief to satisfy entry necessities for his supposed college course.


“Mekellan didn’t inform his mother and father his outcomes,” Coroner Greig mentioned.

“He despatched a lot of textual content messages to buddies over the subsequent two days that present that he was upset and grappling with the implications of his outcomes and whether or not he would get into college and, if not, what his choices had been.”


Proof confirmed Mekellan contacted each the college and academics from his former faculty to search out out what he may do concerning the lacking credit.

On January 17 and 18 Mekellan instructed his buddies he was scared, dumb and had by no means felt so dangerous in his life, Coroner Greig mentioned.

The day after his demise, he obtained a textual content from an Auckland college inviting him for an interview, she mentioned.


“Mekellan’s mom mentioned that he additionally obtained an e-mail that day advising that he had been accepted into college to do a bridging course to make up the credit, following which he may keep on and do his chosen course.”

Botany Downs Secondary School principal Karen Brinsden instructed Coroner Greig that Mekellan was a “very likeable younger man” and soccer was his ardour and ability.

Brinsden mentioned though the college had all the time had an open-door coverage for college students to debate studying choices, it had grow to be extra proactive in speaking with college students about their choices following his demise.


She despatched Stuff a duplicate of data that might be put within the faculty’s upcoming e-newsletter to assist assist college students upon the receipt of their NCEA outcomes.

New Zealand Authority chief government Karen Poutasi additionally mentioned the group had a lot of assist and data companies in locations for college students when NCEA outcomes are launched.

Coroner Greig discovered regardless of proof that Mekellan had sought assist, his realisation that he had not achieved the outcomes he hoped for was “very distressing”.


“Mekellan’s tragic and premature demise highlights that the interval round receiving NCEA outcomes is usually a time of heightened vulnerability for college students, particularly if the outcomes aren’t as they need,” she mentioned.

“That is one thing that everybody concerned wants to concentrate on, and alert to.

“It is necessary that processes are in place to make sure that college students have clear info on methods to entry promptly each emotional assist and sensible recommendation about choices transferring ahead, if required.”



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