A photo of a grade three primary school student from Zhuan Shan Bao Primary School in Xinjie County, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, with his hair frozen went viral on Jan. 9
The picture shows that the boy’s hair had turned white after walking for over an hour, about 4.5 kilometers (2.7 miles), in minus 9 degrees Celsius (15 degrees Fahrenheit) just to get to school, according to China Daily.
Even the school’s gate froze because of the incredibly low temperature.
The photo went viral on Chinese social media and was taken by Fu Heng, headmaster of the school, who decided not to reveal the boy’s name, but he is believed to be 10 years old, according to the Daily Express.
“It was the first day of their final exams. The temperatures dropped to minus nine degrees Celsius in about 30 minutes that morning,” Fu said, adding that the boy lives far away from the school and is known by his 16 classmates as being a “class clown.”
The boy stays with many of his siblings and elderly relatives as one of China’s millions of “left-behind children”, whose parents work in larger cities to make higher wages.
While the school offers him and his classmates breakfast, Fu said that the classrooms don’t have heating because of lack of money.
The condition that the children go through to get to school is incredibly alarming. One suffered frostbite from the freezing cold, as can be seen in this picture.
Netizens were touched by the boy’s dedication to study.
“All the sufferings that you are undergoing now will enlighten your future road,” an unnamed user said.
It’s really heartwarming to see a child work so hard for his education, like the boy from Guiyang in southwest China who always does his homework on an overpass because his house was too dark.
Images via China Daily