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Lonely Children Attempt Suicide, All Safe|
After attempting suicide, five elementary school students have been successfully rescued in China’s Shaanxi province. The sixth-graders from Xinglin County’s Fufeng township, drank poison together in the morning of July 3. Local villagers passing by saw the youngsters and took them to the hospital.
Three were examined and sent home while two are out of danger after receiving treatment. Four of them are “left-behind” children, whose parents are migrant workers.
Pediatrics Department Vice-director Lin Zhanyuan, who was involved with the rescue, said that the children had drunk a soft drink mixed with poison. Chemical examination showed that the poison was an herbicide, according to a Chinese Business Review report.
After the incident, all the youngsters refused to speak to the media. Mr. Ma Dehuai, who lives in the same village, said that according to his investigation, five kids went to Xiaohua(alias)’s home to celebrate her birthday on July 2. Xiaohua's mother went out to visit a relative and her father was working outside of the township. After drinking two packs of beer, the five kids went out.
The children talked all night long at a local temple and decided to commit suicide together, said Ma. Two of them swallowed half of a bottle of unidentified poison mixed with a soft drink while three others spat it out.
One of the children’s mother said her husband works out of town. She doesn’t know the quality of her child’s performance at school as she cannot read. When asked the reason why the child would drink poison, the mother became silent.
The mother of another boy in the attempted suicide said that she and the child’s father all work in other cities but returned after the incident. Of the remaining three children who attempted suicide, only one of them have parents at home. The other two are also “left-behind” rural children.