s an emotionally distressed man stood on the roof of a building in Shantou, Guangdong province and considered jumping off, locals watched the show below with interest. Some even brought out chairs to save their own legs from growing tired.
The man stood on the rooftop, 11 floors above the ground, for about three hours on Saturday, talking with rescuers. In video from v.ifeng.com, he can be seen standing very near to the edge, looking downward.
The video also shows a group of at least four onlookers gazing up while seated on green lawn chairs that they had apparently brought outside in order to more comfortably watch the spectacle. In the background, more onlookers can be seen, one of whom is seated on a stool.
Fortunately, these spectators did not get to see the show they were presumably waiting for. After about three hours, rescuers managed to successfully save the man who they discovered was having suicidal thoughts following a dispute with his wife.
Unfortunately, a similar situation last Wednesday in the Gansu city of Qingyang did not end in the same way. After spending four hours on a 9th-floor window ledge, a suicidal 19-year-old girl, depressed after being allegedly sexually assaulted by her teacher, jumped to her death.
A crowd of hundreds had gathered on the street below to watch the spectacle with some impatiently shouting up at the girl to “jump quickly” and posting videos from the scene online with vile captions like “I waited an hour under the sun for you to jump off the building.” When the teenager did finally hit the ground, some in the crowd began cheering and clapping.
On Chinese social media, many netizens accused those in the crowd of effectively nudging the young woman off the ledge. Local authorities have announced that they have detained two of these hecklers while six others who posted abusive content online are under investigation.
Sadly, this is not the first incident of its kind to occur in China. Back in 2015, a group of people assembled on the street below a Shenyang high-rise where a half-naked woman was considering leaping from a 10th-floor window. “Jump quickly! I’m so tired of waiting,” one of them urged while whistling.
The year before, an indebted woman who’d climbed to the top of a building in Shaanxi province and threatened to jump to her death was prodded on by a group of school kids who stood below yelling “Hurry up and jump for us!”
– 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)