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'We will help you walk through this dark valley': PM Lee sends condolences to family of River Valley High School victim

SINGAPORE – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has expressed his sympathies for the family of the 13-year-old boy who died at River Valley High School (RVHS).

In a Facebook post on Tuesday (July 20), PM Lee also expressed his shock: “We cannot make sense of what happened. Words fail us because we cannot understand.

“We are overwhelmed imagining what the victim’s family are going through. Yesterday morning, they sent off their 13-year-old son to school. Suddenly, without any warning, he is no more.”

He said that the teachers and students of RVHS are in shock, and added: “We will help you walk through this dark valley, and come to terms with what has happened.”

PM Lee also urged the public to wait for the police to finish investigating the case, uncover the motivations, and find out if something could have been done to avert it.

“Let us not worsen the trauma and grief of the affected families with speculation and rumour,” he wrote.

Great emphasis is placed on safety in schools, and the well-being of teachers and students, he said.

“Our education system is not only about good academic performance, but also helping our kids to grow into happy and well-adjusted persons.”

He urged staff and students to let the principal or school counsellors know if they are aware of a student who seems troubled or under stress.

“Beyond our schools, the pandemic has been tough on everyone. If sometimes things seem too much to bear, please remember help is always available, even if it’s just to talk to someone about what’s on your mind,” he wrote providing a list of helplines.

“We are all in this together. We are each other’s keepers. Let’s continue to look out for one another.”

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Helplines

National CARE Hotline: 1800 202 6868
Fei Yue’s Live Chat Counselling Service: ec2.sg website
TOUCHline (Counselling): 1800-377-2252
More resources: Stayprepared.sg website

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