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Second student dies after harsh orientation program at Palembang high school

  • Yulia Savitri

    The Jakarta Post

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Palembang   /   Sat, July 20, 2019   /  05:11 pm
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The front gate of SMA Taruna Indonesia high school in Palembang, South Sumatra, on July 19. Two freshmen died after taking part in a week-long orientation program. (JP/Yulia Savitri)

Another student of SMA Taruna Indonesia high school, Wiko Jerianda, died on Friday after a week of critical treatment at RK Charitas Hospital's intensive care unit in Palembang, South Sumatra. The 14-year-old was the second casualty recorded from a student orientation program held by the school, which allegedly involved harsh physical exercise and abuse.   Wiko had been undergoing intensive care since July 13 after participating in the week-long program that ended with a 14-kilometer walk from the program site to the school. A lawyer appointed to represent Wiko’s family, Firli Data, said the teenager’s condition had worsened after he underwent a bowel resection to his injured intestine that was allegedly caused by violence during the school’s orientation program. "Wiko's family refuses to conduct an autopsy, bu...