Not in his room
On May 18, his father noticed that he was taking a longer time than usual to get ready for school. His mother tried to open the bedroom door, but it was locked.
She used a spare key to unlock it, and when they entered the room, he was nowhere to be seen.
The couple, who also have a 16-year-old daughter, looked out of the window and saw their son lying on a grass patch at the foot of their block.
His mother called the police at around 6.50am. She called his school about 15 minutes later and told the principal what happened and said she needed help as her husband was distraught.
“I only asked for 70 marks”
Insp Ong said that when the principal arrived at the scene, the mother was “very emotionally unstable”.
“She heard her lamenting in Mandarin, saying ‘I only asked for 70 marks, I don’t expect you to get 80 marks,'” Insp Ong added.
A paramedic pronounced the boy dead at the scene at around 7am. The police do not suspect any foul play.
The cause of death was found to be multiple injuries, consistent with those sustained after a person had fallen from height.
If you are in emotional distress, you can get help from:
Samaritans of Singapore (24-hour hotline)
Singapore Association for Mental Health
Care Corner Counselling Centre (in Mandarin)
Mental Health Helpline
A version of this article first appeared in The New Paper.
(Photos: Shin Min)