Date
18 October 2017
The incident took place at the YLPMSAA Tang Siu Tong Secondary School (inset) in Tin Shui Wai. Photo: WiNG via Wikimedia Commons/Exploringlife via Wikimedia Commons
The incident took place at the YLPMSAA Tang Siu Tong Secondary School (inset) in Tin Shui Wai. Photo: WiNG via Wikimedia Commons/Exploringlife via Wikimedia Commons

Boy, 17, falls to death on campus over suspected stress

A 17-year-old Secondary Six student plunged to his death from a school building in Tin Shui Wai.

The incident took place at YLPMSAA Tang Siu Tong Secondary School at about 8 a.m. on Monday, Apple Daily reports.

Police said the boy left a note, based on which they suspected he was stressed out over family and academic issues.

The victim was found on the ground in front of the school building by students gathering for a morning assembly.

He was rushed to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The case has been listed as suicide, pending further investigation.

It was understood that the boy had to attend after-school classes four days a week to prepare for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination scheduled for April next year.

He had reportedly sought help from the school’s social worker.

The school said it formed a crisis management team soon after the incident. About 20 students are in need of emotional counseling, it said.

Ng Po-shing, director of the student guidance center of Hok Yau Club, said Secondary Six students are normally under great pressure because of the coming DSE exam, hk01.com reported.

He said students should try to turn pressure to motivation by clarifying the goal of study and finding ways to ease it, such as by sharing their feelings with friends, doing certain activities and seeking professional help.

Tsang Chin-kwok, director of the Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong, a suicide prevention organization, urged parents to pay more attention to their children’s emotional changes, especially if they appear too quiet, spiritless or confused.

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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