The May 9 death of a high school student at a Chengdu, China, high school on suspicion of suicide has sparked massive controversy after the school and officials were accused of not being transparent in their handling of the case. Many parents gathered in front of the school holding white roses and shouting “truth, truth”.
Lin Moumou, a 49-year-old student from Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, died at the school on the evening of May 9, but surveillance video of the incident was not available. The student’s mother said the school did not provide the family with any details about the tragic death of her son. Instead, official media releases said the student committed suicide.
Ms. Lu, the mother of the 16-year-old high school student surnamed Lin, said in a May 10 microblog post, “I went to watch the surveillance this morning, and the only thing that was not monitored was the section where it happened…” She added, “I’ve watched this kind of news many times, but I never thought it would happen to me one day. “
The unfortunate mother said the situation is reminiscent of the theft of the files of the “100 billion mining rights case” of the Chinese Supreme Court, where two monitors broke down at the same time; and the death of Beijing Changping resident Lei Yang, who was accused of prostituting himself and whose surveillance video was missing during the time of police violence.
According to multiple social network messages, teachers and students at Chengdu 49 High School, where the incident occurred, refused to testify. One of the students, who spoke on condition of anonymity, revealed that the school threatened them with expulsion if anyone spoke up, and that they would not be allowed to enter other schools or take the college entrance exam.
A video posted on Twitter today shows many people holding white roses at the entrance of Chengdu 49 High School at night, collectively shouting “Truth, truth!”