Hong Kong schoolboy sends text message suicide note to parents
- Published on Sunday, 12 September 2010 07:14
- Written by Staff
HONG KONG - A 13-year-old schoolboy sent a suicide note to his parents by mobile phone text message before leaping to his death from a Hong Kong high-rise flat, a news report said Wednesday. Chan Wai-lok, who jumped from his family's 14th-floor flat early Tuesday morning, wrote in the message, 'Goodbye, daddy and mummy. Mum, don't play mahjong again,' the South China Morning Post reported.
No explicit reason was given for his suicide in the note, the newspaper said. Mahjong is a hugely popular Chinese dominoes-style game played mostly by Hong Kong women for modest wagers. Youth suicide rates in Hong Kong are relatively high with sociologists blaming pressure to succeed at school and lack of communication between working couples and their children. Fifteen Hong Kong secondary school children committed suicide in the 2009-2010 academic year compared to 11 in the previous academic year.
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