Date
24 May 2017
Police officers recover the girl's backpack (inset) after she jumped from a building in Mong Kok on Wednesday. Photos: Google Maps, Apple Daily
Police officers recover the girl's backpack (inset) after she jumped from a building in Mong Kok on Wednesday. Photos: Google Maps, Apple Daily

Girl jumps to death in Mong Kok after saying goodbye on WhatsApp

A 15-year-old girl sent WhatsApp messages to her friends to say goodbye, then jumped to her death in Mong Kok.

Responding to a citizen’s report, police arrived at the scene on Tung Choi Street at around 1 p.m. Wednesday and saw the girl’s lifeless body slumped on a building canopy, Ming Pao Daily reported.

The girl, surnamed Wong, was a student of HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, police said, adding that there appeared to be no foul play.

Initial investigation showed that Wong was very unhappy with her life, and the WhatsApp messages she sent to her friends spoke of her desire to die.

It was also revealed that about five hours before she jumped off the building, she posted selfies on her Facebook and Instagram accounts showing her standing on the edge of dangerously high places.

She had posted similar pictures on social media in the past, police said.

Friends who saw the photos left messages on her accounts asking her not to be impulsive and telling her that a teacher had called the police to help her.

They said Wong had hinted several times that there was nothing worth living for, although she had been fond of music and participated in almost every musical event in school.

Her school declined to comment on the incident, but said in a statement it has scheduled counseling sessions for all students and teachers. The sessions will be conducted by professionals, it said.

Paul Yip Siu-fai, director of the Center for Suicide Research and Prevention, said the girl should have received more attention from professionals as she had apparently suggested several times, through her social media posts, that she had suicidal tendencies.

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