All of us would probably have been late to school at least once in our lives. Maybe it was the traffic. Maybe it was because we woke up late.
Whatever it is, we’ve done it before and we have probably gotten punished for it, either by being called out for it in front of the entire school, getting demerit points or getting detention.
However, things were slightly different for 14-year-old Fanly Lahingide in Sulawesi, Indonesia.
He and five of his friends were 25 minutes late to school on Tuesday, 1 October, and as a punishment, they were all asked by their teacher to run 20 laps around the school field under the hot sun.
Fanly reportedly felt dizzy during his second lap and begged his teacher to let him rest but his request was denied.
Listening to his teacher, he continued until his body couldn’t take it anymore and he collapsed onto the ground from exhaustion and the heat.
According to Guanghua Daily, he was rushed to the emergency unit where doctors tried to save him, but sadly, he was later pronounced dead at 8.40am.
The exact cause of his death remains unknown as they are still conducting an autopsy, but it is suspected to be related to the fact that he exerted himself under the extreme weather.
His 46-year-old mother, Julin, was in tears when she said that she can’t believe that that morning would be the last time she saw her son. She recounted that Fanly was still having breakfast at home before he left for school at 6.30am. She also never expected something like this to happen to him because her son never had a history of medical conditions.
Fanly’s father, Jony, said that his son told the teacher in charge that the weather was too hot to run but the teacher did not listen to him.
His parents have reported this incident to the police and they will be taking legal action against the teacher and the school by filing a lawsuit.
Hopefully, there will be justice for Fanly and the teacher gets duly punished so that such incidents never happen again.