PM Lee 'shocked' by River Valley High killing, reaches out to family on Facebook

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Prime Minister and PAP election candidate Lee Hsien Loong  speaking to the media at Deyi Secondary School on Nomination Day (30 June). (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)
Prime Minister and PAP election candidate Lee Hsien Loong speaking to the media at Deyi Secondary School on Nomination Day (30 June). (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE – Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has extended his thoughts and sympathies to the family of the 13-year-old River Valley High student who was killed on school grounds on Monday (19 July).

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, PM Lee said, "Like all of us, I was shocked by yesterday’s tragic incident at River Valley High School. We cannot make sense of what happened. Words fail us because we cannot understand."

He added that his heart goes out to the victim's family. "I know we cannot properly express our sympathy, or offer much comfort in their sudden calamity. But still, I would like them to know that our thoughts and prayers are with them." 

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He urged the public not to "worsen the trauma and grief of the affected families with speculation and rumour", as police continue to investigate the case "to find out the motivations behind this tragedy, and if something could have been done to avert it".  

PM Lee also touched on how beyond 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 said. 

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

If you are feeling distressed, you can call SOS' 24-hour hotline at 1800 221 4444. You can also email pat@sos.org.sg.

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