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Teen commits suicide over dress code

(Xinhua)

14:08, April 30, 2012

JINAN, April 29 (Xinhua) -- The suicide of a 14-year-old girl who jumped to her death in mid-April to protest her school's dress code has triggered online discussion about a deficiency of "life education" for Chinese teenagers.

"Ying Ying," a student at the Shengli No. 1 Middle School in the city of Dongying in east China's Shandong province, died in a hospital on the morning of April 14 after jumping off a building.

Her school contacted the students' parents the night before to ask them for help in persuading the schools' female students to cut their hair in compliance with the school's dress code.

"I tried to persuade her to have a haircut but she refused. Suddenly, she jumped out of the window," her mother recalled sadly, alleging that the school's policy was to blame for her daughter's death.

Zhen Xi, vice principal of the school, said the dress code is not aimed at any particular individual, adding that most of the students in the school have complied with the dress code.

Liu Zhichun, principal of the school, said the dress code is intended to unify students and prevent unauthorized individuals from sneaking into the school.

One of the school's students, a girl surnamed Zhou, said that while most girls prefer to keep their hair long, she was willing to cut her hair, since she believes the dress code was created with good intentions.

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