Pupil in plunge tragedy in testy day for school

Local | Erin Chan 3 Jul 2020

A 10-year-old primary four student died after falling from height at a Hung Hom primary school - the second such death since classes resumed last month.

The girl attended SKH Fung Kei Millennium Primary School.

Police and ambulancemen were called to the school on Tak Ting Street at around 9.55am yesterday after she was found unconscious near a stairwell.

She was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she was declared dead.

Police said there was no suicide note found on the scene, and that an autopsy and investigation would follow.

It was learned that she was taking a visual arts lesson before leaving the classroom and falling from the staircase, and that the incident occurred on the day the school's primary four and six students were taking unofficial subject assessments in various subjects.

Clarence Tsang Chin-kwok, executive director of Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong, said that parents and teachers should pay attention to the condition of their students, including any emotional changes upon class resumption.

"If students are unhappy, parents and teachers may need to ask about the things that make them unhappy students may not be able to express their emotions," he said.

Tsang reminded both parents and teachers not to exert pressure on students over schoolwork and instead prioritize their well-being.

"Teachers can tell students they will help them cope with class resumptions and that they are not alone," he said.

This follows the death of a primary four student at Lok Sin Tong Yeung Chung Ming Primary School, who fell to her death from Tin Fai House of Shun Tin Estate in Sau Mau Ping on June 8.

Classes resumed for primary four to secondary two students starting from June 8, following the return of secondary three to five students from May 27.

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