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Stress And Violence: Chinese Teen Hires Hitmen To Kill Dad And Sister Over Academic Pressure

Gaokao, national entrance exam in China
Chinese police suspect a stressed-out teenager hired hitmen online to kill his father and sister who put heavy pressure on him to study. Creative Commons

A Chinese teenager is accused of hiring hitmen to kill his father and sister after they had been consistently applying pressure on him to study, reported The Guardian.

The teenager is currently being detained in Henan, the central provice of China. Police recovered two bodies identified as the victims in their home: the teen's father, Gao Tianfeng, 49, who was former president of Luyi count court, and his 20-year-old daughter.

"According to the police interrogation of the boy, the junior hired two men that he got to know via the Internet to kill his father and elder sister, because 'they had given him too much pressure in study,'" the official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.

Police also recovered residential community surveillance videos that showed two youths donning baseball caps leaping over the fence into Gao's home after 2 a.m. The same two individuals were spotted exiting the same way.

However, investigators are keeping an eye out for a third suspected hitman.

The Global Times newspaper reported that Gao's son went to a senior high school and believed the father and sister pressured him to perform well in his studies. His sister was brought in to live with the family and keep an eye on the teen's studies.

In China, the "gaokao" is the country's National Higher Education Entrance Examination (NCEE), which likens to the United States' SATs but is offered only once a year. The entire country forbids any acts of honking and stops constructions and transportation, even funerals, in an effort to help students concentrate more. These scores are accepted by Chinese and, most recently, Australian universities.

The pressure remains high for students in the country. According to the Pew Global Attitudes Project, 68 percent of the Chinese public think parents in China pile on a lot of pressure on students.

Studies have shown many of these students suffer from headaches and pain as a result of intense academic lifestyles.

In the Hubei province, educators have even given students at a Xiaogan school IV drips that help keep their energy up to study for the "gaokao."  According to reports in China, the drips contained amino acids that helped increase stamina. 

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