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Chinese Boys Suicide Attempts Over Pocket Money

Chinese Boys Suicide Attempts Over Pocket Money

Western ways have changed China immeasurably in recent years - including the mixed-up minds of little children who now threaten suicide if they cannot get their own way.

Recently authorities in Shangsi county in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region revealed how a 10-year-old boy pledged to take his own life because he had not got his 50p pocket money on time.

Police said it was the fifth time he had threatened or attempted to end his life - part of a trend being mirrored across the country.

A baffled psychiatrist in the area said: "Just as children can be conditioned to be violent by playing video games, so they mimic disturbed adult behaviour if they think it will serve their ends. It is happening more and more in our country."

The boy, Xiao Wei, recently sat on the windowsill of a 3rd floor building shouting: "I am going to jump!" Rescuers pleaded with him for over an hour to see reason and come back inside.

When he was finally persuaded of the fruitlessness of his actions, it was revealed he was angry about not getting his pocket money.

His father Ning Liang, 38, has become so accustomed to the suicide threats and attempts that he did not even accede to police requests to come to the scene and talk with him, preferring to stay in his home drinking rice wine.

Police said that on one of the occasions when he had tried to kill himself his mother had to give him money on the ledge of a window to get him back inside. Another time he held a knife against his throat and threatened to slit his artery in protest at being asked to do his homework.

And last month he actually did leap from an apartment building, but his fall was broken by telegraph and electrical cables and he was only slightly hurt.

According to the father, both he and his wife Xiao Ho, 35, are "common workers" unable to give into their sons endless demands for pocket money. "He is always comparing himself to kids who have more and thus becomes extremely dissatisfied," said his dad.

When he was quizzed about where the idea had come from to end his life from a building leap, he said: "I saw an adult doing it on TV."

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