Teenager charged for River Valley High School Killed.
Singapore: The mood at River Valley High School was solemn as students returned on Wednesday (July 21), two days after the alleged murder of a 13-year-old student on campus. The incident of River Valley high school killing made everyone shocked and worried.
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More than a dozen school staff and security officers stood at the gates to usher students in at 6.30 am. They exchanged only minimal greetings.
However, the school in Boon Lay was closed on Tuesday for the Hari Raya Haji public holiday.
The parents, who were seen leaving their children outside the school, waited as they entered the campus.
Many parents and students declined to comment when approached by The Straits Times.
But one of the parents, who declined to be named, said her 17-year-old daughter, who had been asked about the alleged attack on some occasions, did not feel comfortable answering any questions.
“The students are confused … the investigations are still ongoing,” the father added, noting that the school’s teachers are doing everything they can to handle the situation. “The school continues to be a safe space for students.”
River Valley High School serves students ages 12-18 and offers a six-year Integrated Program, which allows them to skip O levels and take A classes in their sixth year.
Many students on Wednesday presented themselves with flowers to pay their respects to their schoolmates and left them in the school lobby.
Therefore, the school created a website Wednesday morning to leave messages of support and share their condolences.
By noon, it had posted more than 700 messages, many of which were from former school students.
One statement read: “Dear RV, you were my haven for six years … You have my emotions and memories (of) youth. It is heartbreaking to hear about the incident … Today we stand in solidarity to mourn the child we lost”.
On Tuesday (July 20), a 16-year-old student at the school was charged with murder in district court. He cannot be named because he is under 18 years of age.
However, the victim will be detained at Complex Medical Center in Changi Prison for psychiatric observation and scheduled to return to court on August 10.
Police said in a statement Monday that officers found the 13-year-old boy immobile with multiple injuries on a toilet.
An ax was seized as evidence when the 16-year-old was arrested.
The Minister of Law and Home Affairs, K. Shanmugam, said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that preliminary investigations suggest that the older boy had bought the ax online and that he had a history of mental health problems.
Education Minister Chan Chun Sing also said on Facebook that students and staff would have access to counselors trained in trauma management for the next few days.
Parents who feel their children may need additional support can alert their teachers and schools through the schools’ helplines, he added.
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