A principal in China prevented a suicidal girl from ending her life by grabbing her before she could jump off a 17-story building in Duyun, Guizhou Province.
Firefighters responding to the emergency arrived at the rooftop in an attempt diffuse the suicide attempt, but the middle school girl told them to back away.
According to Shanghaiist, the girl was “severely depressed” as she thwarted the attempts of her friends and family who also tried to convince her not to jump.
However, the school’s principal seized the perfect opportunity to save the suicidal school girl by courageously using his quick reflex to latch onto the girl’s uniform before it was too late. The heroic man then managed to lift the girl and pull her back to safety.
A similar incident occurred in Taiwan earlier in September, but this incident ended in tragedy as the schoolgirl jumped to her death long before the police managed to save her.
One of the main reasons suicide attempts among students are becoming more prominent in China is due to the overwhelming academic pressure they go through.
A number of concerned parents in Hong Kong are suggesting schools to 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 took part in a student suicide prevention survey opted for schools to implement “standard study hours.”
A majority of the survey respondents also preferred the standard time for studying to be at a maximum of seven hours or less per day. Civil Alliance for Student Suicide Prevention spokesman, Lai Pak-yin, mentioned that some students study so much that they don’t have time to talk to their parents anymore.