A male student charged with the death of a student

Students leave Singapore's River Valley High School grounds

Students at River Valley High School were temporarily put into the classroom before being released on Monday.

A 16-year-old boy in Singapore was charged with murdering a fellow student in a country-shocking case.

A police officer called to high school on Monday found the body of a 13-year-old boy in the bathroom. The ax was confiscated as evidence.

The first investigation found that the two boys did not know each other.

Extreme school violence is rare in Singapore, which has the lowest crime rate in the world.

In this case, the prestigious River Valley High School was temporarily blocked. The students in the classroom reportedly sent a panic message to their friends and parents that they saw an ax-wielding person.

After the accused were arrested, they were finally released.

At a court hearing on Tuesday, a 16-year-old boy was charged with murder in Singapore, which could lead to the death penalty. However, since he is under the age of 18, he faces the possibility of life imprisonment instead.

The prosecutor asked the judge to remand the teenager for a psychiatric evaluation.

They said in court that he was previously a patient in a mental health facility after he committed suicide in 2019.

Singapore Minister of Justice and Interior K Shanmugam said later Preliminary investigations suggested that the accused purchased the ax online.

“We are all saddened by the parents of the boy who was killed. It’s hard to even explain the true extent of their sadness,” he added.

Under Singapore law, both the victim and the suspect are under the age of 18, so they cannot be named.

The country’s minister of education, Chan Chun Sing, said his ministry is working closely with the police on the investigation and told the country’s students, “You are never alone, and we are ready to help you. I have. “

The incident sparked a fierce online debate among Singaporeans about school safety and student mental health. Some also question how the accused was able to purchase the ax.

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