Two students commit suicide in southern Taiwan

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National Cheng Kung University

National Cheng Kung University (Wikimedia Commons photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A university student and an 18-year-old preparing to retake her college entrance exams were found dead in Tainan on Saturday (Sept. 12) after having apparently taken their own lives.

National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) said that a junior at the school’s Department of Chemical Engineering surnamed Lin (林) went missing on Friday (Sept. 11) after leaving the rented apartment he shared with his mom near his school, per CNA. Lin’s mother immediately reported her son missing to the school, which mobilized teachers and students to look for him.

At noon on Saturday, Lin’s bicycle was found parked in one of his department’s parking lots. Soon after, a student found Lin hanging beside a water tower on the roof of a building.

The school said Lin left a suicide note in his bag. The gist of it was “I’m so tired. I want to rest.”

Elsewhere in the city on Saturday, an 18-year-old woman surnamed Kuo (郭) who had been attending a cram school to prepare for college entrance exams jumped to her death from the 12th floor of her apartment in the West Central District.

In both cases, authorities speculate academic pressure might have played a role.

People struggling with depression who need someone to talk to are advised to call the 1995, 1980, or 1925 hotlines.