On September 28, 2012, a piece of news carried a middle-school student’s letter written before his suicide. In his letter, the 15-year-old boy earnestly begged his father to give up his bad behavior and renew a cordial relationship with his mother. After reading the letter, my heart bled bitterly. Though suffering greatly from his troubled family, the boy had a deep love for his young life, his lovely classmates and his respectable teachers. But to bring back his father’s moral and a happy family, he ended his life by swallowing pesticide.


Poor kid, why did you resort to such an unwise move? Since you dearly loved your parents, you could have done otherwise. You showed the world with your pure, innocent and kind heart that you longed for a beautiful life and hated the evil. But you chose the wrong way to realize your desires and wishes.


The tragedy exposed a grave social problem: domestic violence and lack of family communication. Clearly, marriage break-ups do great and inevitable harm to children. As we know, each family, as a cell of society, is concerned with social stability and happiness of its people, and more importantly, the future of a nation.


People often say parents are the first teachers of their children. Parents’ behaviors greatly affect the growth and development of their children. A happy and harmonious family environment is essential to children’s healthy growth. Personally, this incident may serve as a warning to parents, who are expected to regulate their behaviors and set a good example to create a good environment for their children’s life and study. Let’s remember: harmony starts from home.


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