arlier this week, construction workers on a crane high above the streets of the Guizhou city of Bijie spotted a young boy standing on the edge of a 33-story building, wailing “I don’t want to go to school!”
The workers quickly called 119. In a video shared on Chinese social media, a firefighter is seen walking calmly over to the crying kid, talking to him casually while getting a firm grip on him. The rescuer then attaches a harness and rope around the boy’s waist so that his colleagues can pull him up to safety.
Afterward, the firefighter told reporters that the 8-year-old kid was drenched in sweat and trembling intensely when he reached him, crying softly about not wanting to go to school.
Kids in China are infamously under tremendous amounts of pressure to study extremely hard and do well in school so that they’ll be accepted into a good college. Sometimes, children crack under this stress. Earlier this year, a 12-year-old kid in Jiangxi province jumped from her 15th-floor window after not managing to complete all of her homework over winter break.
Fortunately, she landed on an air cushion placed on the ground by rescuers, surviving the fall with only an injury to her ear.