The China Daily is reporting that a 14-year-old in Tonglu, Zhejiang, has killed himself after a dress-code-obsessed teacher mandated that the boy cut his long hair. The story is incredibly depressing, so please read on at your peril.
The boy, whose name has not been released, had gotten a haircut sometime last week, but was then told by his teacher that he needed to cut more. He returned to the barbershop for another trim, only to be mocked by his classmates and again badgered by his teacher. China Daily has the whole story:
When he went to school the next day, he was teased by his classmates as he hadn’t cut much off.
He told his teacher long hair would hide his pimples.
As the boy was having dinner with his parents, the teacher called them and asked them to ensure that he had shorter hair, as the school required.
The boy went to the barbers again, in a state of distress.
After going to the barbers, the boy took a motorbike and left home, the report said. While chasing after him, his mother received a text message which read “Mom, I will be your son in the next life.”
All over some pimples and long hair. The boy died after leaping from a bridge into the Fuchun river.