Tai Po, New Territories. Photo: Google Maps
Tai Po, New Territories. Photo: Google Maps

An 11-year-old boy and a 17-year-old Secondary 6 student jumped to their deaths from buildings in Tai Po, New Territories, and Kowloon’s Yau Tong respectively on Thursday, and an 18-year-old schoolboy was saved after jumping into a river.

At 7:55am, the 11-year-old was found lying on the grounds of Kwong Yau House in Kwong Fok Estate in Tai Po, Ta Kung Pao reported. Police believed he had jumped from 16th floor of the building. He was sent to hospital but was pronounced dead.

It was understood that the boy had been upset about his parents’ unhappy marriage and the death of his grandmother in April, Apple Daily reported.

At 11:30 the same morning, a 17-year-old male student jumped from the rooftop of the Domain Mall in Yau Tong. Paramedics took him to hospital but he was pronounced dead.

At 4pm, an 18-year-old boy wearing a school uniform jumped into the Lam Tsuen River in Tai Po. He was rescued by three passers-by and sent to hospital for medical treatment.

The teenager told police that he had been under great pressure with his studies.

Social-welfare-sector lawmaker Shiu Ka-chun accused Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor at the Legislative Council on Thursday of lack of concern about youngsters committing suicide.

A total of 72 students committed suicide in the past two years in the city, Shui said, adding: “72 is not a number, they are stories, they are lives.” He said Lam only focused on economic development in her first Policy Address, Ming Pao Daily reported.

Lam told Shiu he didn’t have to speak so emotionally, saying she had been concerned about the issue for a long time since she was the director of the Social Welfare Department.

The Samaritans run a 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline +852 2896 0000 or e-mails can be sent to jo@samaritans.org.hk.

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