Anger over the death of a teenager in China “twice abandoned”


A Chinese teenager who was sold as a baby by her parents and reportedly rejected by her parents after a recent reunion has died.

Liu Xuezhou reportedly committed suicide in Hainan on Monday morning.

His story captured China and urged a flood of sympathy.

His story at the age of 17 first caught the public’s attention after posting a video asking for help finding his biological family.

According to media reports, Liu was sold to his real parents in 2005 and taken to another family.

However, his adoptive parents later died in an accident and spent most of his life with his grandparents and other relatives.

Last December, 17-year-old parents were able to track divorced and remarried parents after launching an online search.

Liu said on social media that it was a happy reunion at first, but things changed after he insisted that he needed financial support.

He said he didn’t have a house for his parents, so he asked if he could live with his parents and buy or rent a house.

However, he claimed that his parents cut him off instead and his mother blocked him on the messaging platform WeChat.

His parents disputed this, and his mother said Mr Liu tried to get her to buy a house, but she couldn’t afford it.

Liu later said he would sue his born parents for abandonment, and said in a Weibo post that he would “see them in court.”

Many have reportedly said that the teenager has been cyber-bullyed and is trying to get sympathy just because his parents want a home.

After midnight on Monday, Liu posted a long essay on Weibo. There, he elaborated on the events of his life and how he was attacked online.

“I have endured being called by many names,” he said, effectively “abandoned twice” by his real parents.

In the last line of his memo, he said, “I’m ending this life.” The post evoked desperate comments urging him not to commit suicide and called on nearby people to find him.

His aunt later confirmed his death in local media and said he was found hours after the memo was published and rushed to the hospital where he died early on Monday.

Since then, Liu’s Weibo page has been flooded with sympathetic comments, and many have expressed anger at cyberbullying.

“The cyberbullying he endured was unbearable for adults as well as children,” said one.

Others said he wanted to find a good family “in his next life.”

“I hope that in your next life you will find parents who will protect you, brothers and sisters who love you and live without worry.”

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