A student died after being choked during a fight over an unknown matter with another youngster on Monday morning in Bisher Bin Al-Walid primary school, according to a statement issued by the department of education in Riyadh.
The father of the student who died said he forgives his son’s killer. The parent of the sixth-grader has urged authorities not to punish any managers or teachers from the Riyadh elementary school over the incident.
Ali Al-Ghamdi, a spokesman for the Riyadh Education Department, said the incident was caught on surveillance cameras at the school, which is located on the outskirts of the capital. Teachers tried to help the student and called for an ambulance, but the boy died on his way to the hospital.
Saudi news website Sabq reported that the dead student’s father had later pardoned his son’s attacker and appealed for school management and teachers not to face punishment over the matter.
The show of forgiveness sparked a huge response on social media with posters offering condolences and messages of support.