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The troubling deaths by suicide of seven students over the course of nine days has raised concerns in the city about student stress. Groups such as the Hong Kong Professional Teachers’ Union suggest that excessive homework and drilling, limited time and attention overworked teachers are able to dedicate to their students, and scant resources for troubled pupils are all to blame. The Education Bureau has since announced plans to form an investigative committee and has rounded up psychologists to provide extra help to schools as necessary, and the authorities will also be organizing suicide prevention seminars for school leaders and parents. The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong advised parents to talk to their children to help prevent other copycat suicides. Our take: This is awful.