Community & Education Hong Kong

Police respond to teenager self-harm incident as exam stress takes toll

A 17-year-old held a knife to his neck at his home in Ngau Tau Kok on Friday. His mother called the police, who spent around two hours speaking to the teenager, Ming Pao reported. The student was then sent to hospital for a check up.

It is unknown whether the incident was related to the HKDSE English examinations on Friday morning.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination. Photo: Apple Daily

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination. File photo: Apple Daily

The HKDSE, Hong Kong Diploma for Secondary Education, is effectively the university entrance examination in Hong Kong. The exam is divided into three categories, including 24 senior secondary subjects, applied learning subjects and other language subjects.

Dumbbell incident 

Also on Friday, a Form Five student was sentenced to 15 months of probation after throwing dumbbells and magazines out the window at his Tseung Kwan O home on the 32th floor. The objects dented the playground surfacing at his estate. The judge said in the verdict that stress was not an excuse.

If you are experiencing negative feelings, please call: The Samaritans 2896 0000 (24-hour, multilingual), Suicide Prevention Centre 2382 0000 or the Social Welfare Department 2343 2255. The Hong Kong Society of Counseling and Psychology provides a WhatsApp hotline in English and Chinese: 6218 1084.

Police respond to teenager self-harm incident as exam stress takes toll