Unable to cough up the fine imposed by school authorities for breaking some flower pots, a Class X student of a private school near Tirunelveli committed suicide.
Police said on Tuesday that the 16-year-old boy and his classmates had been asked to pay Rs 5000 as punishment for breaking some flower-pots recently.
The boy had stayed away from school till Sunday as he belonged to a poor farmer's family and could not afford to pay his share of the fine.
On Monday, when he went to school, his class teacher had reportedly asked him to pay the fine. The vexed student went back home and allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling, police said.
School authorities, when contacted, said all other 43 students had paid their share of the fine and said levying fine for breaking school articles was common in educational institutions including government schools.
Puthiya Tamizhgam party activists and relatives of the boy blocked road traffic yesterday demanding action against the school management for levying fine. They dispersed after police assured them that action would be taken.