By Katie Nelson
A high school student in Henan province was arrested on Monday under suspicion of hiring hitmen to kill his father and 20 year old sister who “had given him too much pressure in study,” according to the South China Morning Post.
Neighbours called police after hearing sounds of housebreakers in the residence of Gao Tianfeng, a member of the judicial committee of the Intermediate People’s Court of Zhoukou City, at around 2am on Sunday.
Police on Monday confirmed that Gao and his 20-year-old daughter were found dead inside the house in central China’s Henan Province, and surveillance cameras in the estate showed two slim men had climbed over a boundary wall to enter the house before the time of the murder, and then retreated by the same route.
Police who interrogated the boy, a high school junior in Luohe City, are saying that he hired two hitmen he found on the internet to kill his father and older sister because “they had given him too much pressure in study”.
While the case is under investigation, the boy is being held along with the two other alleged co-conspirators.
Students in China are notoriously overworked, faced with massive pressure to perform well in school, putting some over the edge.
NTDTV announced at the beginning of the 2012 school year that within the first two days of the term starting, four suicide cases were reported in Shanghai alone.
On May 3, two students in Nanjing reportedly committed suicide over reasons related to school pressure, specifically, unfinished homework assignments, China Daily reports.
A student surnamed Xie, in grade six of a primary school in the city’s Lishui district, was found hanged on a staircase at his home at about 6 am. He was declared dead at a hospital.
The 13-year-old boy got up at 4 am to try to finish his homework, police said. They are continuing to investigate the case.
The other student, a 15-year-old boy, jumped to his death at Jixiang Heights, a residential community in Nanjing, at about 11 am.
The student, in grade nine at a high school, failed to complete his homework during the May Day holiday, with the Nanjing-based newspaper Modern Express reporting that his parents suggested he should stay at home and not go to school before finishing his assignments.