A top student at a secondary school in Hong Kong committed suicide on Wednesday after injuring a schoolmate while the pair was studying at home, Apple Daily reported Thursday.
The deceased, a 16-year-old male student named Lam Yu-wai from TWGHs Mrs Fung Wong Fung Ting Secondary School, was said to be living with his parents and two sisters in a public housing estate in Shatin.
He took his life after attacking a female schoolmate, Cheung Pui-ling, with knives and scissors, according to the report.
Cheung, who is also 16 years in age, suffered deep cuts on the neck and left hand, and is now in a serious condition at a hospital, the paper said.
The police believed Lam jumped off a kitchen window from his home on the 20th floor after injuring Cheung.
“We were studying quietly, when Lam jumped up all of a sudden and started talking nonsense,” Cheung said before passing out when she was admitted to the hospital. Cheung was scheduled for an operation Wednesday night for an injury to her head.
Lam and Cheung were not dating each other, with both having their own separate friends from the opposite sex. They were supposed to start the new school year as secondary five students in September.
Lam came third among the entire form last year, while Cheung followed in at tenth overall, and both are considered top students in their school, according to the report.
The pair would conduct private tutorial groups with other classmates, including Cheung’s boyfriend, at home and take turns to teach each other on the subjects they excel. The duo is said to have gone on a cycling trip with classmates just a few days ago.
Sources told Apple Daily that Lam cleaned up the scissors and knives before jumping off the building.
Psychiatrist Jackie Fu said it could be study-related stress that drove Lam to this act. Students facing enormous pressure could develop insomnia, dietary problems and would feel tired easily, he said.
Parents should pay more attention to their children and offer help if any they detect any abnormal behavior, the expert said.
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