Police allegedly beat an Iranian schoolgirl to death after they found a torn picture of a former Iranian leader in one of her schoolbooks.
The girl, Parmis Hamnava, was at her school in Iranshahr when police forces entered the building for a search. They found a torn picture of former Iranian leader Ruhollah Khomeini in one of her books.
Police then allegedly beat her in front of the other students.
According to the Daily Mail, she had a nosebleed but then died a few hours later at a hospital.
Reports also indicate that Iranian intelligence agencies threatened her family and friends not to report her death to the media.
However, the Tasnim News Agency said there is no such student at the school, and no students have been killed.
Officials have said the “media” is “making up deaths.”
Protests have been prevalent in Iran in recent weeks after a 22-year-old Iranian woman died while in the custody of the “morality police.” She was reportedly arrested for improperly wearing a hijab.
According to CBN News, at least 253 people have been killed, including 34 children, in the protests.
The alleged school beating is not the first in Iran in recent weeks. In late October, a 15-year-old in northwest Iran was reportedly beaten by security officials during a raid at her school.
The girl, Asra Panahi, refused to sing an anthem praising the country’s leader. She was beaten and then taken to the hospital, where she died. A man claiming to be her uncle said she died from a congenital heart condition, but critics of the Iranian government say the claim is untrue.
Iran’s teachers’ union has condemned the “brutal and inhumane” raids and called for the resignation of the education minister, Yousef Nouri.
Schoolgirls across the country say the recent deaths have united protestors against the Iranian government.
“It’s not just Asra’s death,” a 19-year-old Iranian girl told The Guardian. “The Islamic Republic has been killing our people for 40 years, but our voices weren’t heard. Let the world know this is no longer a protest – we are calling for a revolution. Now that you’re all listening to our voices, we will not stop.”
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.