A schoolboy from Jiangsu attempted to commit suicide by dashing into oncoming traffic following a fight with his mother over the intense study regime he was made to follow.
According to NetEase, the incident took place in the afternoon on July 11 after the boy sneaked out of his home to catch a break from his grueling timetable.
Upon discovering his absence, his mother left the house and found him hanging out with other children. She ordered her son to go home immediately, but he refused, leading to a heated argument.
After receiving a beating from his mother, the boy threatened to break off all ties with her and shocked bystanders by darting into the middle of a busy road with the intent of being knocked down by a car.
Police were able to intervene and rescue the child, only for him to rush straight back into the road again. After pulling him from the road yet again, police called the mother out for the academic torture she had been inflicting on her son.
The boy is said to have reconciled with his mother following the incident. She told reporters that she would be more attentive to her son’s feelings.
Children commonly find themselves struggling under the weight of academic pressure in China, with this 10-year-old boy certainly not the first to crack. In March of last year, a 11-year-old girl jumped to her death after being sent home from school for having incomplete homework
– 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)
By Katie Ngai
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