So what could have made a student kill his teacher? Stress? Pressure? Too much computer gaming? Or simply madness? I tell you, things are just getting weirder here after the Merlion got hit by a lighting. Here are some blog reactions from students of NTU.
Candice thinks that stress could have been a factor and is glad that we are not allowed to own guns in Singapore. From the sunny side of things:
I'm guessing he most likely couldn't take the stress from FYP or the prof was pushing him too hard or a combination of factors. But perhaps, something like that was bound to happen anyway; sooner or later considering the crazy workload we have here what with projects and projects and assignments.Littlemisspent meanwhile wonders how insignificant we all are, even even in a campus like NTU. From A Little Misspent:
A person dies and it creates a mild sensation, not enough though to remove us from our daily routine. We all walk around, carrying our secrets to lunch, our private miseries to tutorials and silent heartaches to lectures, not any wiser of the invisible burdens that weigh down the person next to us. The incident has not made me secretly fear the knives or other potentially harmful objects that other students may be carrying. Rather, I wonder of the number of times I may have passed David Hartono Wijaja and been totally oblivious of his existence.Terry gives us a personal account of when he heard the news in campus. From teddy-risation:
I remembered that our supposedly two-hour-long lecture ended early today - shortly an hour after it started. Mingyun, Marianne, Cho Yee and I had McDonalds and Subway for breakfast at around 9.45am. We chatted a little and headed for the library at around 10.30am, the time the incident occured. A couple of minutes into our studying schedule, Cho Yee informed us that there was a fatal stabbing incident on campus that just happened. The police and paramedics were there too, as another friend sent a mass SMS around.And lastly, Re remembers David Widjaja aka Ming Ming as a keen player of World of Warcraft. From Livin A Life:
Knowing him as a keen gamer, his friends had never imagined that Ming Ming would do such an act, attacking his final year project supervisor and committing suicide. A friend of mine noticed a slight change in Ming Ming about a week ago, when somehow he stopped getting into contacts with his friends, he didn't go to the details, but I'm guessing things like MSN chat and all
David Widjaja was upset when his scholarship was revoked last month and may have stabbed the wrong person instead.
NTU sent 3 warning letters to David Widjaja before terminating scholarship.
NTU professor sustained injuries to his back and hand, has been discharged from hospital.
Another man found dead in NTU. He's an Infocomm Project Officer at the university's School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
NTU Prof Chan breaks his silence and dispels rumours!
Also read: The Really Curious Case of David Widjaja (with video of his family's Indonesian news interview)