Boy leaps to death after sending parents SMS

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 September, 2010, 12:00am

'Goodbye, daddy and mummy. Mum, don't play mahjong again.' That was the message a 13-year-old boy left his parents before leaping to his death in Tin Shui Wai yesterday.

Chan Wai-lok jumped from his 14th-floor flat in Yat To House, Tin Yat Estate, at about 6.45am. A security guard found him on the first-floor podium and called police. He was taken to Tuen Mun Hospital, where he was declared dead at 7.41am.

Police found the boy's mobile phone on a table near the kitchen window from which he jumped.

'The text message saying goodbye to his parents and asking his mother not to play mahjong again was found from his mobile phone,' a police officer said. The message did not give a reason for the suicide.

Wai-lok jumped shortly after his mother left for work, police said. A neighbour, who described Wai-lok as a nice boy, said his mother worked in a restaurant.

A police spokesman said nothing suspicious had been found.

The Social Welfare Department said social workers were providing emotional support to the family.

Wai-lok started Form One at CCC Kei Long College in Yuen Long last Wednesday. Principal Shing Wai-pong said the boy had not been acting abnormally or seemed unhappy.

About 10 psychologists and social workers were called in to counsel pupils after the tragedy, he said.

The Education Bureau said the school had set up a crisis management working group. The bureau had sent psychologists, school development officers and social workers to help the school help pupils cope.

A spokeswoman said the bureau would maintain close contact with the school and continue offering assistance.

Wai-lok is the first pupil to commit suicide this academic year. In the 2009-10 school year, 15 secondary pupils killed themselves, compared with 11 the year before.