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Mid-Term Stress: 10-year-old commits suicide

According to Sina, on the night of November 17th, a child in Guangzhou committed suicide by hanging himself in his home. Prior to the boy taking his own life, his grandmother discovered that the child had only scored 39 points on his mid-term English exam.

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Trending on Sina Weibo today is the tragic of a ten year old boy who committed suicide by hanging (#10岁男童上吊自杀#).

According to Sina, on the night of November 17th, a child in Guangzhou committed suicide by hanging himself in his home. Prior to the boy taking his own life, his grandmother discovered that the child had only scored 39 points on his mid-term English exam. She told him not to play outside but practice his texts instead. In his diary, the boy wrote: “I regret that I only scored a 3.9, I wish I had listened to my grandmother the day before the test.”

Netizens have responded in various ways- most are shocked that a boy as young as ten years old knows how to hang himself. Others blame the existing pressure in China for children to get high scores at school.

“So many mistakes- it’s all the child’s fault. The parents are not to to blame, the teachers are not to blame, the education system is not to blame. Poor parents, poor teachers, poor school, that this kid did not listen, that this kid was so bad, so bad since he was born,” one netizen writes.*

Although China has recently seen a drop in suicide numbers, suicide amongst young people is still a problem. A comparable suicide case to the Guangzhou one occurred in China last year, when a 10-year-old boy jumped from a building after being scolded by a teacher. Suicide is the top cause of death among Chinese youth; school stress is often a major factor. The Annual Report on China’s Education has stated that there were 79 suicides by elementary and high school students last year that were directly related to extreme pressure to study (Caskie, 2013Roberts 2014).

 

References

Caskie, Susan. 2013. “The rise of youth suicide in China.” The Week, 1 Nov. http://theweek.com/article/index/252199/the-rise-of-youth-suicide-in-china (Accessed November 21, 2014).

Roberts, Dexter. 2014. “China Exam System Drives Student Suicides.” Bloomberg Business Week, 15 May. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-05-15/china-exam-system-drives-student-suicides (Accessed November 21, 2014).

*(我是钢铁土豆#10岁男童上吊自杀# 千错万错,都是孩子的错,家长没错,老师没错,教育没错!家长可怜啊,老师可怜啊,教育可怜啊,这个孩子太不听话了,这个孩子太坏了,这个孩子生下来就这么坏啊。父母太伟大了,老师太伟大了,学校太不容易了。这个孩子伤害了父母,伤害了老师,伤害了同学,伤害了教育制度,该死).

 

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Woman Kicked Out on Highway Off-ramp by Boyfriend over Spring Festival Argument

He put her out of the car, but their relationship is still on.

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News of a Chinese woman being kicked out of the car beside a high-speed road by her boyfriend is making its rounds on Weibo today. What many netizens are especially astonished about, is that the couple is still together.

On February 20, Chinese newspaper People’s Daily reported on Weibo that a woman was kicked out of the car by her boyfriend on Sunday while driving home to celebrate Chinese New Year.

The incident occurred at the Zhejiang Hangzhou highway. Local traffic police spotted the woman walking by herself on the off-ramp, carrying a suitcase.

The woman reportedly was visibly upset and told the police that she was on her way to her Anhui hometown with her boyfriend when they got into an argument and he kicked her out of the car.

Footage of the woman wandering about the side of the highway was published on Weibo by online media outlet Pear Video, and was shared hundreds of times on Chinese social media on Tuesday.

As reported by various Chinese news outlets, the woman’s boyfriend was later tracked down by police and apologized for leaving his girlfriend beside the highway. After a police mediation, the couple still continued their way to the New Year’s festivities together.

“Why didn’t she break up with him?!” many commenters on the news wonder.

“If you’re looking for a marriage partner, don’t pick him from a garbage dump,” some wrote.

Others warn the woman that her boyfriend’s current actions are a bad omen for the future: “Now he’ll throw you out of the car together with your suitcase, later he’ll throw you out of the car together with your child.”

“If there’s a first time, there’ll always be second time,” many netizens also said.

In 2016, a fighting couple also shocked the online community when footage of a man putting his wife in the back of his car trunk at a Hebei gas station went viral on Weibo.

A day after the incident, the woman said she would not press charges against her own husband, igniting discussions over whether or not the man should be punished anyway for the abuse – regardless of whether or not she would press charges.

As for the couple in today’s new feature, most netizens just hope for one thing: “Whatever you do, do not marry him!”

By Manya Koetse

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Shanghai Police Releases Surveillance Footage of Dumbest Burglars Ever

If all burglars were this stupid, the police wouldn’t need to work overtime.

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On February 14, the official Weibo account of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau (@上海市公安局官方微博) released a video on its channel that is going viral on Chinese social media today. The video was captured through surveillance cameras after midnight.

The video shows two burglars attempting to break in when something goes terribly wrong – see the video for yourself, although some viewer discretion is advised.

“If all burglars were like this, we wouldn’t need to work overtime,” the Shanghai Public Security Bureau writes.

“You might not need to work overtime, but the nurses and doctors at the hospital surely will,” some netizens reply.

The video was watched 4 million times shortly after it was published on Weibo. Further information on how the unfortunate burglar is currently doing has not been released.

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