Time to focus on emotional problems
Recently, a man entered a kindergarten in Shaanxi province and killed seven children and two teachers before committing suicide. The killer was suspected to be suffering from stress.
It was the sixth attack on a mainland primary school or kindergarten in less than two months.
Such horrible attacks raise concerns about emotional problems in society.
Even in Hong Kong, people face a lot of stress due to their heavy workload. People suffering from emotional problems should seek help without delay. Otherwise, they could take out their anger on innocent family members.
We can do our part by treating people kindly and fairly. Then they will have less pressure.
The mainland attacks have shown that emotional problems have a huge impact on society.
From now on, show that you care about your friends and loved ones. If someone you know has emotional problems, give them your full support and make them realise that they are not alone.
With proper help, they will be able to lead normal lives.
Kammy Fung, STFA Tam Pak Yu College
With right attitude, life can be sweet
I read an article on the internet about lemon and lemonade. As we all know, lemons have a sour taste. But when you add some water and sugar to lemon juice, you have the sweet and tasty lemonade. It's fresh and it can make you feel better.
The writer said that's like life. In our daily life, we face a lot of problems. We may feel depressed because of those difficulties. However, we shouldn't just sit and wait for things to improve. In other words, we should not expect a free lemonade from others. If we want to have a better life, we should be more active and try to solve our problems by ourselves.
In Form Six, we have a lot of homework and tests. We are under a lot of pressure. Sometimes, we may want to give up. Now, whenever I feel depressed, I think about the lemonade.
I hope to have more strength and energy to continue my work and feel happier.
Cassie Chiu Hoi-ying, Kit Sam Lam Bing Yim Secondary School
Tell the truth and you won't feel guilty
If you took something from a friend without asking him and broke it, what would you do? Would you apologise to him or pretend that nothing ever happened?
When I was in Primary Four, I took a pen from one of my classmates without asking him, and broke it. When the teacher asked if anyone had seen the pen, I was so nervous because I knew what I did was wrong. In the end, I told the truth. I was embarrassed but I felt comfortable.
On the contrary, I could have stayed silent and nobody would have found out. I think you have to be true to your heart.
Please do not try to cover up your mistakes. If you do something wrong, admit it and you will feel better. Otherwise, that guilt could stay with you for a long time.
Stephen Siu Hon-san
Be fair to disabled
Discrimination against people with disabilities has always been a problem in Hong Kong. Sometimes what we consider to be a joke may hurt them. Therefore, we have to be careful about what we say or do in front of them.
Handicapped people may face obstacles at work, but we should not ridicule them. We should respect their spirit.
There would be more harmony in society with no discrimination. It's high time the Equal Opportunities Commission reviewed its existing policies to reflect today's values.
The government should also strengthen moral education and teach citizens to respect others. If these measures are introduced, disabled people would be able to live more happily.
Nicole Ng Ka-yi, St Antonius Girls' College
It's a long, hard road
Students nowadays are more concerned about their academic results.
They don't read or spend enough time with their parents. In fact, reading and talking to older people can broaden their horizons.
Students should try to be more humble and polite. There's still a long way for them to go.