26 October 2016
Police believe the teen jumped from his bedroom in Yee Ming Estate in Tseung Kwan O. Photo: Wikipedia
Police believe the teen jumped from his bedroom in Yee Ming Estate in Tseung Kwan O. Photo: Wikipedia

Student, 16, plunges to death on first day of school

The father of a 16-year-old student who committed suicide has called on young people to cherish life and not to take extreme actions when confronted with problems, Apple Daily reported Friday.

The student, surnamed Ng, plunged to his death from his home in Yee Ming Estate in Tseung Kwan O on Thursday, the first day of school after the Lunar New Year holidays.

Ng’s father was going to wake him up for school but the boy was not in his bedroom.

He looked through the window and saw his son on the ground outside their building.

Ng was rushed to a hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police believe Ng jumped from the window in his bedroom.

Ng’s father said the whole family was devastated by the loss.

“I hope all young people will talk to their family or teachers about any problems and worries they have — there are always solutions,” he said tearfully.

The father said the teen was his usual self when he discussed his progress in school with him the night before.

Ng’s classmates said he was something of an introvert and a big fan of computer games.

His grades in school were average.

Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups supervisor Hsu Siu-man said secondary school students could sometimes take things out of proportion given their relatively short life experience.

Hsu said issues in family or school and love affairs could mean the world to some of them, and the situation could worsen with any negativity picked up from the internet or social media.

Ming Pao Daily quoted Hsu as saying many teenagers nowadays are accustomed to communicating via instant messaging apps in text and emojis, which means they may not be good at sharing their feelings with people face to face.

Even members of a family could resort to instant messaging as a means of communication despite living under the same roof, Hsu said.

Overreliance on such communication tools could easily lead to miscommunication and misunderstandings, making it more difficult for parents to identify any emotional issues their children may have.

Hsu said parents should always make an effort to engage in face-to-face communication with their children.

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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