A principal in China stopped a girl from taking her own life by grabbing her before she could jump off a 17-story building in Duyun, Guizhou Province.
The firefighters who were responding to the emergency arrived at the rooftop in an attempt to stop her from jumping off, but the middle school girl told them to back away.
The girl was “severely depressed” that even her own friends and family failed to convince her not to jump, as per a story shared by Shanghaiist.
However, a heroic act by the school’s principal shocked everyone as he seized the perfect opportunity to save the girl by fearlessly using his quick reflex to latch onto the girl’s uniform before it was too late. The school principal then managed to lift the girl and pull her back to safety.
There was also a similar incident that happened in Taiwan earlier in September, but unfortunately the incident ended in tragedy as the schoolgirl jumped to her death long before the police could manage to save her.
One of the main reasons for the increasing number of suicide attempts among students in China, reports say, is the overwhelming academic pressure they endure in school. Some concerned parents in Hong Kong suggested that schools should limit the study time of students in order to relieve them from too much academic pressure.
According to South China Morning Post, about 90% of parents and students who participated in a student suicide prevention survey said schools should implement “standard study hours.”
Majority of the respondents also preferred the standard time for studying to be at a maximum of seven hours or less per day. Lai Pak-yin, spokesman of the Civil Alliance for Student Suicide Prevention, said some students study so much that they no longer have time to talk to their parents.
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