Teen seriously injured after being gouged in face with pen during fight

A 16-year-old student surnamed Choi was taken to hospital after his left cheek was gouged with a pen by another student. Screengrab via Apple Daily video.
A 16-year-old student surnamed Choi was taken to hospital after his left cheek was gouged with a pen by another student. Screengrab via Apple Daily video.

A student was seriously injured after having his face gouged with a pen during a fight with another pupil at a Hong Kong high school yesterday.

Ming Pao reported police and an ambulance rushed to Rosaryhill School — a co-ed Catholic private school in Happy Valley — after receiving a report that a 16-year-old student, surnamed Choi, had been stabbed in a school locker room at around 12:40pm by a 17-year-old fellow student.

The newspaper, citing a police spokesperson, reported that, in typical high school fashion, the entire incident took place because one of the students apparently didn’t like the way the other was looking at him at a bus stop outside the campus on Tuesday.

Apple Daily also published on their website a photo of Choi’s left cheek (which some readers may find upsetting, despite it being bizarrely desaturated).

Both boys were taken to Ruttonjee Hospital for treatment, with the gouger also complaining of unspecified pains in his face. Choi, meanwhile, was in serious condition as of Thursday night.

Police have classified the case as common assault and no arrests were made. The case is being investigated by the Wan Chai district investigation team.

Local outlets had earlier reported that Choi was gouged in the face with a knife, but staff clarified to reporters outside the school gates yesterday that it was actually a ballpoint pen.

The school released a statement yesterday saying the incident between the pair came about because of a misunderstanding, and that it would work with police in their investigation.


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