A 15-year-old student hanged himself with two school ties at home in Tsuen Wan on Monday morning.
He left a note saying his life was not going well and he wanted to be in another world, Apple Daily reported.
It was supposed to be his first day of school after a two-week yuletide holiday.
Ho Man-leung, an only child, was born in Guangdong and moved to Hong Kong with his parents at the age of five.
His parents work in different shifts to be able to take care of him.
Ho was a secondary four student at CNEC Lee I Yao Memorial Secondary School.
His mother did not allow him to play ball games or go out of their flat at Fuk Loi Estate in Tsuen Wan because she feared he would go astray.
At school, Ho did not participate in sports or other extra-curricular activities.
His parents had arranged music lessons for him, but Ho preferred to spend his spare time playing video games, especially his favorite, League of Legends.
Ho’s father said his son looked normal over dinner on Sunday.
“There were no quarrels, we even talked about getting him a new mobile phone,” the father said.
He said if it were not for a bone fracture that his son sustained recently, the family would have gone back to mainland China for a vacation, which could have helped improve his son’s mood.
Ho’s father suspected his son’s indulgence in video games could have led to his self-destruction.
He said he had asked his son to go to church but his wife shot down the suggestion.
It was believed that Ho hanged himself at around 5 a.m. on Monday, while his mother was still in bed.
Liu Yin-chun, deputy principal of the school where Ho studied, said they learned of what happened after calling Ho’s parents to inquire why the boy was absent.
Liu said Ho had no problems with his academic performance or personal conduct at school.
The school plans to establish a crisis management mechanism involving social workers and Education Bureau staff to help provide counseling services to its teachers and students.
Robert Wong Yao-wing, chairman of The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong, said over-parenting could have negative effects on children, especially those in their puberty, who might think they are being hindered from exploring new things in their social circles.
Wong reminded parents to always communicate with their children and provide opportunities for them to vent out their negative emotions.
Most importantly, Wong said, parents should never make their children think that they will be loved more if they get better grades at school.
EJ Insight supports efforts to help people deal with depression and related issues. Here is the 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline of The Samaritans: +852 2896 0000 (or email [email protected]).
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