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School pupil suicides double

SUICIDES among Shanghai school students have more than doubled in two years, a report revealed yesterday.

Thirteen students killed themselves last year - five more than in 2010 and seven more than in 2009, the Shanghai Education Commission said in the annual Primary and Secondary School Students Safety Report.

Five took their own lives following family conflict and four deaths were said to have been caused by anguish over love affairs or mental problems.

The remaining four deaths were attributed to incorrect disciplining by parents.

In two cases, students killed themselves after being heavily scolded for, in one case, staying up late to play video games and, in the other, reading digital novels, the commission report said.

"Parents should correct children addicted to Internet games and electronic devices in a more patient way," the report said.

A total of 72 primary and secondary school students died in unnatural circumstances last year - seven fewer than in 2010.

Drowning remained the top cause of death in the survey, despite a decrease.

Twenty-seven students drowned last year, seven less than in 2010. Of these, 24 drowned while playing or bathing in rivers or ponds.

Traffic accidents were the second highest cause of death in the report. Fifteen students were killed on the roads last year, two more than in 2010.

A total of 830 students were hurt in school sports activities last year - 145 more than in 2010.

About 58 percent of these injuries were bone fractures.

Last year, Shanghai had 1.46 million primary and secondary school students, with ages ranging from seven to 18.


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