Student dies in alleged accident while taking selfie

Posted at 07/03/2014 11:55 AM | Updated as of 07/03/2014 8:56 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) – A female student of Rizal High School in Pasig City died in an alleged accident while taking a ''selfie''.

The student, 14, allegedly fell off the third floor stairs inside the school premises while taking a photo of herself last Monday. She was accompanied by a friend when the alleged accident took place.

The relatives of the victim, however, complained that they received conflicting reports about the student's death.

The victim's uncle said he first received a call from the student's adviser, saying the victim was rushed to the hospital after feeling dizzy. However, when he arrived at the hospital, his niece was already dead.

Senior Superintendent Mario Rariza, chief of Pasig City Police, said the victim succumbed to her wounds an hour after being rushed to Rizal Medical Center.

Results of an autopsy on the victim's remains revealed that the latter sustained broken bones, and an injury at the back of her head. It was also discovered that the victim's rib pierced through her kidney.

The victim's family said the death of the victim may not have been due to an accident. They are also considering pressing charges against the school.

The victim's mother is asking witnesses to come forward and shed light on what happened.

The victim's father, meanwhile, asked the school administration to cooperate in the investigation. He also lamented the school's alleged poor response to the accident.

Rizal High School principal Virginia Membrebe insisted that accident, which occurred during class hours, caused the victim's death.

Membrebe said the victim and her friend may have sneaked out of the classroom while their adviser went out to attend to something.

Membrebe and the regional director of Department of Education have visited the wake of the student. The student's family has received P10,000.

The student's remains have been brought to Laurel, Batangas.

Pasig, where Rizal High School is located, was earlier tagged by TIME Magazine as the selfie capital of the world, along with Makati City. – reports from Raya Capulong, ABS-CBN News; and Dennis Datu, dzMM