Tragedy has struck again in light of this year’s Gaokao, the Chinese national college entrance exam. On the morning of June 7 — the first day of the exam — a male student in Longhui County, Hunan province, committed suicide by jumping from the sixth floor of the dormitory building. He was immediately taken to the hospital, where he died soon after from sustaining critical injuries.
What was the reason behind this depressing act? According to the posts circulating on Weibo and Sina, he was 15 minutes late to the exam and was rejected entry. However, police reports render this claim questionable, as authorities received the suicide report from the local media at 8:57 a.m. — three minutes before the start of the first exam.
- On the same theme of many Chinese students’ life-or-death take on Gaokao, a student in Zhuxi, Hubei province was one of the 8.33 million students across the nation who took the exam this year. The catch is, he was left severely injured and comatose for 21 hours after a traffic accident — just three days before the exam.
- And to wrap things up, here’s a piece of information that wins several cool points: Students in Chengdu, Sichuan province, rolled over to their exams in style, courtesy of a furniture company called Sunhoo. The company brought its luxury limos from other branches to provide this free service for the students.
By Esther Kang