A 13-year-old secondary one student jumped to his death from a bedroom window after a row with his mother over his refusal to go to school.
The boy lived with his parents and an elder brother in a To Kwa Wan apartment.
He had just moved to CCC Kei To Secondary School from Emmanuel Primary School in Kowloon.
The boy had been complaining about too much pressure in his new school and had been pressing his parents to send him abroad instead, according to Ming Pao Daily.
The parents were not enthusiastic about the idea.
On Wednesday, his mother scolded him after learning he did not want to go to school that day, sources said.
The boy went to his bedroom upset and furious while his mother went out to get breakfast, the newspaper said.
An hour later, the boy’s father checked on him in his room but he was nowhere to be found. A window was open.
Police later found the boy on a sixth-floor courtyard and paramedics pronounced him dead on the spot.
CCC Kei To Secondary School said it has told the boy’s classmates the news and has set up a counseling service and a crisis management team.
Classmates described the boy as quiet and talented in athletics.
He recently won a gold medal in the boys’ 200 meters at the school’s sports day.
A classmate said the whole class cried when they heard the news.
Luk Chi-cheong, principal of Emmanuel Primary School said he was shocked.
The boy was an average student but his conduct was exceptional.
He was also a prefect and a member of the basketball team, Luk said.
Chan Pik-fai, a supervisor in the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong, said students might be vulnerable after moving to a new school.
They might regret having to leave their friends behind or they might face significant changes such as increased schoolwork.
Chan said some students could feel disillusioned after being promoted to secondary school.
He said parents and teachers should encourage children to communicate with them and make time for what they have to say.
It takes three months for a child to adapt to new school. If the child is having difficulty with the transition, parents and teachers should discuss ways to help, Chan said.
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