Dozens of male students at a university from northwest China who teamed up to form a safety net of blankets below a suicidal female students have made waves online, earning the nickname “quilt brothers”.
According to Tencent, during lunch break on April 23, a female student was spotted preparing to jump from the roof of a building at Beifang University of Nationalities in Yunchuan, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
According to a student named Zhang Ming, as soon as the “quilt brothers” spotted the girl, they moved the bicycles which were parked below and quickly fetched around 20 quilts. They then stood below the building, intending to catch her if she jumped.
Before 1 p.m. firefighters arrived and placed a jumping cushion. The student was eventually dragged from the top of the building by a teacher. The female student is said to be a freshman who contemplated suicide due to the dire state of her love life.
Chinese netizens reading about the story overwhelmingly gave the “quilt brothers” a thumbs up for their prompt action.
Last month, a 21-year-old student from a university in Hangzhou was seen jumping off the fourth floor of a school building, allegedly after being turned down by a woman he’d been pursuing. Fortunately, the man survived the fall, although he suffered fractures to his limbs.
– Do not leave the person alone
– Remove any sharp objects, alcohol, drugs or firearms that could be used in a suicide attempt
– Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional
– Call the following hotlines for help: Lifeline Shanghai: 021-6279-8990 (English speakers; 10am – 10pm daily); HopeLine: 4001619995 (Chinese speakers; 24/7 toll-free access)