TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — It was a call no parent wants to receive. On Mother’s Day, around 9 p.m., a woman in Chengdu in southwestern China was told that her son, who she had dropped off at school just hours ago, had died. Distraught, she went to Chengdu No. 49 Middle School immediately, but could not even enter the school grounds, she wrote in a series of Twitter-like Weibo posts on Monday that were shared hundreds of thousands of times this week. The local branch of the education department said the 16-year-old’s death was a suicide, but the mother is disputing that. Her pain has touched a nerve, becoming one of the most discussed topics on Chinese social media this week.
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