Reflections after Yueyue tragedy
Do you remember Yueyue? She was a two-year-old girl who was run over twice in Guangdong last October without anyone coming to her aid.
The incident was caught on video and people around the world were shocked. Many locals walked by the critically injured little girl before an elderly woman finally picked her up.
How could people be so cold-hearted?
Yueyue was placed on life support, but she died soon afterwards.
While we point the finger at callous pedestrians, I also wonder about the parents. Why did they allow their little daughter to wander around alone? Where were they when the accident happened?
After the tragedy, they cried their eyes out, but Mr Wang, the father, went to the bank to open an account to accept donations. Did they really care about their daughter?
But pointing fingers won't help Yueyue now. Instead, we should look for solutions to stop our society from becoming so heartless.
Yueyue was a lovely child. Her life was cut short in this cruel world.
Rest in peace, little Yueyue.
Liu Lee-lee, Carmel Bunnan Tong Memorial Secondary School
We should put a stop to discrimination
We constantly meet people from other cultures and we need to be friendly to them. We can't just dislike people because they are from a different place.
No one likes to be discriminated against. We need to treat everyone fairly, including mainlanders and people from South Asia, for example.
Just because a few people from these places behave inappropriately, it doesn't mean everyone else is like that.
Mandy Lo, Pooi To Middle School
Treasure your family before it's too late
Our outlook and opinions will change as we grow up. Sometimes an event will change our minds, such as an accident or something that happens to a family member. I think regrets affect us the most.
Many people change their minds after surviving an accident. Maybe they lose a loved one and realise they never treasured life fully before the accident.
When I was small, I didn't know how to cherish things around me. I thought my grandfather was boring.
But now I regret that I don't have many great memories of my grandfather. I should have treasured him before it was too late.
People in our lives will not exist forever. But we can treasure the time we have together now so we will have fewer regrets later on.
Nelson Leung, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College
Teachers should print our homework
Recently some teachers told their students to print their homework.
Yet I think students' assignments should be printed by the teachers themselves.
First, not all students have a printer at home. They may have a hard time finding one.
Teachers should not expect them to go to great lengths to print out their homework.
Second, these teachers also encourage an environmentally unfriendly practice. Rather than use a single printer to print all assignments at once, they force students to use many printers individually. That increases electricity consumption, which harms the Earth.
Third, teachers could also help students save money by printing assignments themselves for free on the school's printers.
Protests are turning more violent
Many people think that protests in Hong Kong have become more and more violent in recent years.
We often see news reports of rowdy protests and demonstrations on television.
Television news clips regularly show disorderly scenes.
I believe that many protesters these days behave badly. They may close off entire roads and inconvenience citizens in other ways.
Sometimes protesters also barge in on meetings, assaulting people and shouting slogans wildly.
I disagree with such aggressive forms of protest.
While they have a right to express their views, they should do so in a civil and acceptable manner.
It's selfish not to consider the needs and rights of other citizens.
Stephen Li Ka-heiTopics: Education Standards-Based Education Wang Homework Education Reform Wang