Date
24 July 2017
The boy is believed to have jumped from the roof of an apartment block in Kam Tai Court in Ma On Shan because of school-related stress. Photo: Google Maps
The boy is believed to have jumped from the roof of an apartment block in Kam Tai Court in Ma On Shan because of school-related stress. Photo: Google Maps

Student, 15, falls to death from roof in Ma On Shan

A 15-year-old secondary student plunged to his death on Sunday in Ma On Shan, the third such case in eight days.

The boy is believed to have jumped off the roof of Kam Pong House in Kam Tai Court around 10 a.m., am730 reports..

Police said the victim might have committed suicide due to pressure from schoolwork.

He was studying at a Band 1 secondary school in Ma On Shan which was about to hand out report cards, according to Apple Daily.

The victim texted his parents that he wanted to kill himself at around 9 a.m. on Sunday but they could not locate him.

The incident was the latest in a string of deaths by young students.

A 16-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl fell to their deaths on Feb. 5 and 6, respectively, while a 12-year-old girl was saved by firemen when she tried to jump off a building in Wong Tai Sin on Feb. 8.

Paul Yip from the University of Hong Kong Center for Suicide Research and Prevention said the incidents could be related to pressure from studies.

He said the victims also might have been having emotional problems or poor interpersonal relationships.

Hsu Siu-man, supervisor of the Youth Wellness Centers of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, said students could be copying suicides from previous cases.

People should talk to others when they feel they are under pressure, Hsu said, adding that academic results are only part of a person’s life.

She said parents should also pay close attention to any abnormal behavior by 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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