Teen Commits Suicide After Dad Turns Off ‘League of Legends’ Game So He Can Study for Exam

A 15-year-old boy in Taiwan has committed suicide after arguing with his father while playing “League of Legends” on the night of his birthday.

The incident happened on March 23 in Changhua County, Taiwan when the boy, only identified by his surname Cheng, was berated by his father at around 9:30 p.m., according to Apple Daily, as translated by Taiwan News.

According to the report, the father was allegedly angry at the boy for playing “League of Legends” instead of studying for an upcoming exam on March 26. Cheng was distracted by the game, causing his father to abruptly turn off the computer, which enraged the boy.

Some time after the father left Cheng’s room, the teen threw himself from the third floor window onto the concrete road below, resulting in severe head trauma. The father was reportedly unaware of this, and the accident was only discovered when Cheng’s grandfather arrived at their house later that night.

The grandfather, who arrived outside their family home at around 10:30 p.m., discovered the boy lying outside the house, bleeding profusely from his skull. Paramedics were alerted immediately and Cheng was rushed to the hospital, but was pronounced dead at 3:00 a.m.

Cheng, a third-year junior school student who lived with his sister and father at home, was reportedly an optimistic kid who performed well in school. However, due to mounting pressure from upcoming high school entrance exams, the teen had begun to spend more time playing video games to relieve stress, as well as exhibit increasingly temperamental and rebellious behavior.

After the tragic death, his school’s principal notified all of his classmates and teachers. Many attended his funeral, which was held on Sunday, March 24.

If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal you can get help by contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or the equivalent in your area of residence. 

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