Two schools were struggling yesterday with their grief at the deaths of two teachers who killed themselves within hours of each other. At Concordia Lutheran School in Shekkipmei, where Ip Pui-ying taught maths, principal Chan Chu-chung gathered students in his arms and wept with them. At Buddhist Ho Kam Nam College, where Lee Ka-wai also taught maths, a mourning corner was set up where students put folded paper birds with messages of farewell. The estranged married couple, both 34, died late on Tuesday and early on Wednesday after a failed attempt by Lee at reconciliation. He leapt to his death about 10pm and Ip did the same about three hours later after learning of his death. She had left her husband in March after finding he was having an affair. 'Most students have cooled down, but some are still upset, as they loved Miss Ip so much,' Mr Chan said. 'I am trying hard to hold myself together. But when I saw sensational pictures about the suicide in some Chinese-language newspapers, I cried. I held my students in my arms and we cried together. These picture editors have no respect for the dead at all.' Form Two student Debby Lee, 14, said students were very upset. 'I feel very unhappy and so are other students, especially in Form Four and Form Five. One student cried so much she fainted,' she said. Mr Chan praised his teachers for being professional as they fought back tears and continued to work. 'I can feel their deep sorrow, especially those who are Miss Ip's close friends. But they are very strong and brave when facing our students,' Mr Chan said. The students have made greeting cards for Ip's family. In the mourning corner at Buddhist Ho Kam Nam College, students placed cards and paper birds, most with the message: 'Mr Lee, I wish you will have a happy life in another world.' They will be sent to Lee's family. Assistant principal Lam Chi-lap said the school was still assessing the effect of the news on students. Those with emotional problems were receiving counselling. The school was also talking to students about the incident and teaching them the importance of respecting and cherishing life, he said. A note saying she still loved Lee was found in Ip's handbag after she leapt from Ngan Fung House in Fung Tak Estate, Wong Tai Sin. Lee was said to have called his wife 209 times before he jumped from Mui Yuen House in nearby Chuk Yuen Estate. Secretary for Education and Manpower Arthur Li Kwok-cheung said he was sad at the loss of two teachers and that psychologists were deployed to offer counselling to students at the two schools. He praised the pair as two very good teachers.