On July 19, 2021, a shocking incident took place at River Valley High School in Singapore, where a 16-year-old student allegedly killed a 13-year-old boy using an axe.
The incident at River Valley High School in Singapore was a shocking and tragic event that deeply affected the nation. The violent attack left the school community and the wider public reeling with shock and disbelief.
The attack took place in the middle of the school day, and many students and staff members were left traumatized by what had happened.
In the days that followed, there was a sense of panic and fear among school children across the country. Parents were understandably worried about the safety of their children, and many schools took extra security measures to reassure parents and students. The Ministry of Education also issued a statement urging schools to review and enhance their safety protocols.
On April 6, 2023, the teenager, now 18 years old, appeared via video-link in court with his head shaved and wearing a mask. The court heard that he intended to plead guilty to the charge, which carries a sentence of life imprisonment with caning or imprisonment for up to 20 years and a fine or caning.
However, as more information came to light, it was revealed that the teenager had been suffering from clinical depression at the time of the incident. This led to a reduction in the charge from murder to culpable homicide not amounting to murder, according to Channel News Asia.
The matter was transferred to the High Court, where the plea of guilt will be taken in August. The defense lawyer confirmed that her client intended to plead guilty, and there were no objections to the matter being heard in the High Court.
The teenager’s history of mental health issues came to light in previous court hearings, where it was revealed that he had been a patient at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) after a su*cide attempt at the age of 14.
The tragic incident at River Valley High School has left a lasting impact on the community, and many have called for more support and resources to be made available for students dealing with mental health issues.
Where to get help:
Samaritans of Singapore Hotline: 1800 221 4444
Institute of Mental Health’s Helpline: 6389 2222
Singapore Association of Mental Health Helpline: 1800 283 7019
You can also find a list of international helplines here. If someone you know is at immediate risk, call 24-hour emergency medical services.
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