A 15-year-old boy has been hospitalized after he was slashed by an 18-year-old boy in a case of a love confession gone wrong.
The incident took place in Kwan Tei village in Fanling on Tuesday.
The older boy, surnamed Lau, told the victim, surnamed Lo, that he had been secretly in love with him only to be rejected on the spot, news website hk01.com reports.
Lau suddenly produced a knife and threatened to kill himself.
Lo tried to grab the knife from Lau and was accidentally slashed in both and hands and neck during the struggle, investigators said.
Instead of sending Lo to hospital, Lau, who was not injured, carried Lo back to the latter’s room before tying him up to a chair.
Lo’s mother found her son tied when she returned home at about 1 a.m. and called the police who then went to arrest Lau.
Seeing the police officers arrive, Lau tried to commit suicide by slashing his neck. He was stopped in time and arrested on a charge of assult.
The police later changed the charge to attempted murder.
Lo was rushed to the intensive care unit of Prince of Wales Hospital where he is said to be in critical condition.
Investigators said Lau and Lo went to the same school in Ma On Shan. Lau quit this semester after he was found to have an affection for Lo, according to Headline Daily.
A social worker for Project Touch of the the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong said young gay people tend to be troubled with their sexual orientation but dare not talk about it with their peers or elders.
They end up being under emotional stress and suffering self-denial due to lack of support, he said.
He said young people should cultivate their values so as to develop a healthy and equal romantic relationship while schools and parents should work together to help them deal with their sexuality.
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