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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Policeman saves young lives at the Mapo Bridge


Article: "Student, what's wrong?" Police saves crying girl on the Mapo Bridge

Source: Kukmin Ilbo via Naver

While on patrol, a policeman noticed a female student holding on to the rails of the bridge and crying. Still dressed in her uniform and school bag, the policeman made his way over while wondering what was wrong because it was a time when she needed to be in school.

He asked how she got there, but she didn't reply. After showing her his ID, he took her to a nearby bench. "I have a daughter your age. Just yesterday, there was also another student standing here and I had to calm him down and send him back home to his parents..."

Just as he finished his words, the girl burst into tears. She explained that she was a high school senior and wanted to end her life after finding that her grades didn't meet the expectations of her parents.

Just a day prior, the policeman had saved another male student after receiving a report that there was someone crying at the bridge. Once he arrived on the scene, he found a male high school senior who also wanted to end his life because of clashing opinions with his father. He wanted to pursue a physical education major, which his father opposed. The policeman had advised him, "Your father is only looking out for your future so how about you, your father, and your homeroom teacher take a moment to discuss in depth your goals." He sent him home and got a text the next day about the student's progress, saying, "I'm trying to persuade my dad to talk to my teacher."

He showed that text to the girl and said, "Everyone goes through hardships but good days come after you overcome them." The girl nodded in agreement and the policeman offered her a chocolate from his bag because she said she hadn't had breakfast yet.

While sending her off home in another patrol car, the girl turned back to the policeman and whispered, "Ajusshi, thank you."

After saving a life, all the policeman had to say was, "Right around when the new semester starts in March~April, I find a lot of young students at the Mapo Bridge. High school seniors especially resort to such drastic decisions when something hurts them like this or they're stressed with worries."

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1. [+6,643, -98] Ah, teared up reading this.

2. [+6,074, -58] So fortunate that he saved her from committing suicide. But at the same time, it makes me wonder just how hard she had it that she resorted to going all the way to the Mapo Bridge and cried like that.

3. [+5,536, -126] Sucks that amazing policemen like him are put on patrol jobs while the officer seniors are all working with huge companies for bribes..

4. [+4,528, -28] Amazing of him. Thank you for saving a life.

5. [+464, -5] Can't imagine how stressful grades are that she had to go all the way to the Mapo Bridge. We really need to do something about our education system. So fortunate that the policeman was there for her..!

6. [+428, -5] If you're a true parent, stop nagging your kid over her grades and just watch over her. I've never seen a happy family with the parents always nagging about grades.

7. [+355, -3] Sad that our society forces these young students into making such drastic decisions γ…œ

8. [+343, -17] Policemen like him deserve a raise. Thank you.

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181 comments:

  1. Korean Students are really stressful, they need to change that.

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  2. He is an amazing person and the students were fortunate to have him to help but the real issue that needs to be addressed is why these students are so suicidal.The fact that there's a peak season for student suicides (April-May like he said) is heartbreaking

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  3. My mom said that korean often decides to suicide to ended their problems, thats because Most of Koreans are atheis, they did not have something to hold into...

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  4. Lots of reasearch show that South Korea has one of the best educational systems in the world, but no educational system that feeds from compettitiveness is good. Practical results like grades must be good but if your kids are suffering it's time to take a step back and rethink education.

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  5. he's a very kind person.

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  6. Parents need to put themselves in their childrens shoe's yes getting good grades is important but having your child alive and well is even more important do not pressure them

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  7. once, i really thankful that i'm not born in Korean. i'm not that smart and if i were Korean i'll probably dead now because of the high expectations of the grades.

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  8. purrsandscratchesApril 14, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    if you can believe in a God you can also believe in a tree, or anything else you hold dear to you.

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  9. Suicide seems like the easiest choice sometimes. Honestly only faith can keep us going

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  10. "Ajusshi, thank you."

    I almost cried 😭😭 Salute to that policeman. Good to know there's still some things that can restore our faith in humanity! :)

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  11. They believe in rebirth too

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  12. [+5,536, -126] Sucks that amazing policemen like him are put on patrol jobs while the officer seniors are all working with huge companies for bribes..



    On the other hand, I'm glad that an amazing person like him was on a patrol job. The world needs more people who genuinely cares for others.

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  13. its not about faith or religion, people around them should show them that there is more to LIFE and being /here/ and present than just studying and grades and that they are loved by their parents and the parents should realize that wanting a good education is not wrong but there is definitely a limit and they shouldnt stress their kids or make them crazy about grades because those ar enot everything in life

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  14. Everyone's life is precious, every human being goes through hard times. If you feel like the weight is too heavy for you, seek help.

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  15. what they need to understand is: it's more hard to raise a kid until they're adult than getting good grades. it's more relieving to have your kids safe and alive and well than getting good grades.

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  16. FINALLY! A heartwarming article with a happy ending! We need more man like this police man right here.

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  17. The unsung heroes :/ I hope you have blessed life Mr Policeman.
    Find strength student, employees and people going through a tough time.It may get better or it may not. No one knows what lies ahead. But remember, God only puts you through it because he knows you can endure it.

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  18. it is not about religion, but if a person felt everything is against them, little faith can give strength to the lonely person..so its good too :)

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  19. I feel like it's considered as having the best educational systems because they test higher, and have advanced/lots of supplementary curriculae... But it doesn't really say anything about learning concepts like critical thinking and whatnot. That's why my parents always thought it was ridiculous that people in the US always compared their education/scores to the ones in south korea, because they'd all probably be really angry if we did change the system to emulate the korean system lol.

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  20. true true , they just should keep in focus that studying is not forever and not more important than just being happy and content with life itself :(

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  21. disqus_QBwmIa4ChaApril 14, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    http://i.imgur.com/tc4vTFQ.gif

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  22. In Korea it is though.
    The school you graduate determines your social class for the rest of your life in Korea.

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  23. Ahhwww this makes my heart in pain ;_; a week ago our English teacher was telling us about the suicide rates in Japan & South Korea when she told to the student the reasons, they were all in 'WTF' and 'HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE' and 'THEY ARE CRAZY' and so on. I was not surprised at all because I knew it.

    The society are under pressure and care of what other people think about them I hope one day that they will open and appreciate because life is a gift the world is sometimes cruel place but you have to overcome it

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  24. disqus_QBwmIa4ChaApril 14, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    http://33.media.tumblr.com/d85082dd3e234d4227150bbf0cc20c9b/tumblr_n5kqfm26mH1s2yegdo1_r1_400.gif

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  25. Who the fuck says SK has one of the best educational systems?
    Even nationalistic Koreans are fed up with our fucked up education.

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  26. yeah, good education with grades but it doesn't guarantee an amazing and stable job with how competitive it is out there. Especially when your appearance comes into play.

    But at what risk is this system worth it? The suicide rates over there break my heart.

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  27. i know!! i'm in university, and everyday i imagine myself jumping in front of a car cause everything is so hard, and im flunking everything..i dont have the usual motivation when I was in Highschool :( i just try to brainwash myself that my family loves me and would want me alive

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  28. Just demolish that bridge already...

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  29. You should watch the drama 'angry mom' it happens there all the time giving bribes for high points and stole sheets for exams

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  30. If you want to go through with it. please do it in a different way and don't pull some random person into your shit.

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  31. your mom doesn't even know half of the real story or reasons as to why, I doubt it's just a lack of religion.

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  32. Finland has the best educational number 1

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  33. lol the way you speak you'd think ateists are the only people who commit suicide. people don't need to believe in a god. there are other things to hold onto.

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  34. Nope. How will people be able to travel across the river if they need to get to school/work?


    The right solution is to change the Korean mindset that only top grades and top education can give the best jobs. There are lots of jobs that are more enjoyable and fulfilling, even if the pay is less -- compared to sitting in a Samsung office all day doing boring paperworks but getting paid with a high salary.

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  35. amaya aguero monzonApril 14, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    I think their education system is a memorizing one instead of one that incites creativity. That's why even tho they may have good grades at school it doesn't matter cuz all they did was memorize to then forget it ! I can tell you as someone who has experienced both systems that just memorizing is meningless and caused a lot of stress and you never really learn so well

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  36. relax they obviously weren't serious lol

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  37. can you seriously just quit it with all this irrelevant gif spamming??

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  38. As a chronic depression patient and 4 time suicide attempter, I don't think the policeman is a hero. Some people are not just meant to be happy in this world. You're not doing any favor by stopping them. It just extends their suffering.

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  39. λ‚΄ ν•œκ΅­ 이름은 νƒœμ–‘μž…λ‹ˆλ‹€April 14, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    I'm in a very pitiful situation right now and i know how it feels like there's no way out but u won't do the same.. I'm Just gonna die with all this loneliness inside me naturally :(

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  40. I think these adorable gifs are better than gifspams of actors/actresses all over the other articles. scroll over, problem solved :p

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  41. I watched a documentary about this Japanese forest where people go and commit suicide, Japanese government has placed signs everywhere telling people to not take away their life and that life is precious. They should start doing that in Korea too.

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  42. Yeah. And only Finland can do that, because they have such a small population with communist system.

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  43. In South Korea, the trains have glass walls separating the platform from the railway. The Mapo Bridge mentioned in the article is also called the Suicide Bridge because a lot of people have jumped to their deaths from that bridge.

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  44. well if the brighten your day or entertain you guess there's no problem??

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  45. That not the case for everyone when i lived in korea i new many people who left school and were living happy normal lives yes making a living in korea can be hard but not everyone who does not study lives a miserable life. Once of my close korean friends who had poor grades married a man who was a doctor with no problem dont base everything on korea based on what you read on the internet or see in kdrama

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  46. well... at least the gif showed that heroes come in all shapes/sizes/forms... just like the policeman in the story.

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  47. guess so, is the cat symbolism for the police officer?

    I was so blind.

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  48. Human needs to believe in God..

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  49. The very reason why there is a trend of Korean dramas centered on sociopaths and the like. People have it rough when they were in school, and forgot to build social networks. When they finish studying and be out in the "real world"t.... we know what happens...

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  50. Lack of religion is the main reasons people lose their faith in life

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  51. Believing in God and believe in tree is really really different..

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  52. please link me to see some sources proving that claim.

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  53. no, they just don't need excuses and false hope- whoops I went there.

    need to control myself..

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  54. soon it will be the death anniversary of the Sewol's victims, so many young persons lost their lives that day, so many souls who won't get to decide what their future will be... korean parents should just imagine what would their life become if their child was suddenly taken away from them.
    right now they can still prevent this but if they keep acting like that with their children they won't be able to go back in time, death is the end.

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  55. you don't know if by saving them, he extended their suffering. might have, might not. he's still a hero cause he's giving them a chance to reflect. it is now up to them and their parents to see if there's a remedy to their problem.


    I don't know what you went through or going through, and I can only say that I hope things are better for you now. I still believe that the policeman is indeed a hero. it's still nice to know that there are still public servants who really still care!

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  56. There needs to be a change in not only the educational system, but in Asian methods of parenting.

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  57. So touched. I know how it feels when it seems nothing is going ur way grades, school, parents expectations. Im glad there is someone like him there for those young people. :)

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  58. ................................

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  59. I agree. Mapo Bridge is called The Bridge of Life and the Suicide Bridge interchangeably. They even tried putting up inspirational pictures and signs to discourage people from suicidal thoughts before they get to the bridge.. But more suicide attempts have been recorded since then.


    It has been a symbol of death for far too long. Demolish the bridge.

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  60. if people want to commit suicide they will find another way, the bridge is not the problem here.

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  61. Do u needs proove to believe in God?

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  62. He is a hero in the eyes of the kids, their parents and also in my eyes. He stopped someone from ending their life in a world where brother kills brother. He is truly a hero.
    I don't know you and neither do I know of the pain you felt or are feeling. But I know that with your will you can overcome this pain. I'm sure it feels like nothing is worth living but here you are on NB, a place where I've seen you comment often and even though when you may sign out from your disqus account and return to the real world you feel painful and frustrated but it looks like NB (or some other reason) has still kept you alive. I hope you gain strength to fight whatever you are suffering from because ending your life is never the solution.

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  63. Hmmm, more like Korean, not Asian. I don't think other Asian countries have such system.

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  64. i started tearing up with the policeman's "Everyone goes through hardship but good days come after you overcome them".
    i feel like he's saying this to me.. ; (

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  65. I'm asking for you to provide proof that lack of religion is the main reason that people "lose their faith in life".

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  66. "married a man who was a doctor with no problem "
    Yeah I guess being pretty can give you some option. But it's not like she made her own wealth by dropping out of high school.


    FYI I lived in Korea more than 20 years. I know what I'm talking about.

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  67. what i don't understand is the downvotes, seriuosly !!!!!!!!!!

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  68. https://41.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m7cddgTPuE1qcqw50o1_500.jpg

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  69. wow a cat saved a child ! first time i see that.

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  70. I'm sorry are u trying to say that religion only gives false hope?

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  71. probably sociopaths...

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  72. Religion provides u to have faith in life. There are different kind of religion but what they teach you is the same.. Is to have faith in ur own life..

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  73. Nah i grew out of my imaginary friend.

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  74. True. one is imaginary. the other one is real.

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  75. Yeah, it's a little unfair to treat an entire continent of almost 50 countries as a monolith

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  76. Life is what people make it out to be. It's a choice (clashed with circumstances). This person is a high school student, she has so many years ahead of her. Who is to say she could not turn it around?
    Of course with everyone it's different, and knowing nothing about you, I can only say start by the smallest happiness, because then everything should be easier; you learn to enjoy. Everyone has their circumstances, none more difficult and none more easy, because it's too hard to compare, and comparing wouldn't make it easier for anyone.
    Some people may call that policeman a hero, and some may not; clearly you don't, and no one is forcing you to, but you should however see that what he has done is out of good intention (not ill intention). Kindness. A positive outlook which makes people happy. Maybe you can start by being more positive and see the happiness people see too.

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  77. looooool.... I shouldn't laugh at this :'(

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  78. so then they jump from houses or other bridges...do you want to demolish them too? the problem is not the bridge

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  79. Which one is imaginary? I hope ur not implying that belive in God is imaginary...
    God bless u both..

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  80. how do you know that most Koreans are atheists? yes, there's that shamanism part of their history/culture, but there's also buddhism as well as rise in Christianity. so please... when it comes to claims like this, make sure you've got the facts correct. Also, being an atheist doesn't mean you've got nothing to hold onto...

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  81. Lool their are people with poor educational backrounds who have their own businesses and are rich own hotels or restaurants if you truely lived in sk for 20 years you would know education is not everything and a lot of people make a good life without it

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  82. Bless you and ur imaginary..

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  83. I just want to point out to you that religion is still man-made.

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  84. I'm pretty sure a large percentage of Koreans are Christians. Korea is home to the largest church in the world with about ~900,000 members.

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  85. Ignore the troll everyone

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  86. oh deng! I laughed. mind you, I'm a believer in God though. (I just don't like the idea of forcing it down people's throats.)

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  87. So sweet of him. The pressure from school is already hard on me here, I can't imagine how it must be for kid's in Korea.

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  88. Yup, Aokigahara which is in Mt. Fuji. I wanted to take a glimpse when I went to Mt. Fuji, but not for the purposes it's infamous for. My friends didn't want to go, and I didn't want to make the trek alone. But just looking at pictures, it already gives off a haunting vibe,

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  89. I'm perfectly stable and healthy without religion, so preach else where. You're wasting your time.

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  90. it's not even sunday

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  91. That is just not true, in Korea or anywhere else. What determines your social class, marriage, and life potential is your people skills, not the school you graduate from.

    For example, I know someone who has an MS from an Ivy League university in computer science. But the thing is, he does not have good people skills and can't control his temper, so he hasn't been able to keep any job for more than 3 years, or have close friends or a girlfriend. Meanwhile, I know a lot of people who graduated from local colleges who have all those things and lead a much happier life.

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  92. He is a hero in the eyes of the kids, their parents and also in my eyes. He stopped someone from ending their life in a world where brother kills brother. He is truly a hero.
    I don't know you and neither do I know of the pain you felt or are feeling. But I know that with your will you can overcome this pain. I'm sure it feels like nothing is worth living but here you are on NB, a place where I've seen you comment often and even though when you may sign out from your disqus account and return to the real world you feel painful and frustrated but it looks like NB (or some other reason) has still kept you alive. I hope you gain strength to fight whatever you are suffering from because ending your life is never the solution.

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  93. I grew up as catholic and i can't believe that there are people who actually don't believe in God and proud of it. Thanks for letting me know and may God bless u..

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  94. Religion won't solve anything.

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  95. I really love the things they're doing with Mapo Bridge. First it was those messages that make people feel like someone cares about them, and now there is a policeman going around helping kids out. Hopefully, this will instill hope in people when they go to the bridge with the thoughts of committing suicide.

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  96. Probably more East Asian than Korean bc I know that Japan and China have similar parenting methods.

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  97. They really need to stop the "memorizing system" and start to work on creativity, emotions, (positive) self steem, etc.
    And parents, i understand they care about their child's future but they NEED TO CHILL! And have some quality time with the kids in the present u_u

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  98. If not, hang in there. Good days will come when you least expect them

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  99. I'm so glad that this policeman involved himself when it's so much easier to walk by and ignore others' problems. What's sad is that sometimes all it takes is a listening, non-judgmental ear. Parents need to listen to their children. Something that simple could avert so many tragedies. :/

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  100. It's true, even in my country student suicides peak around exam season/after final exam results get declared. Kids are under so much stress to get good grades, and they're stuck in a system that ties their worth as human beings to their grades.

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  101. Many school systems are shitty, they focus on the results but not on the students' well-being or desires. You won't develop much kind of intelligence if you only sit here all day stocking information to spit everything the day you have a test/exam.

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  102. Bless that policeman, and the students he helped. Sadly, student suicides is really common especially in Asian countries, kids feel so trapped by expectations.

    And it's not even freak cases, I had a classmate in college who admitted, the week before we graduated, that he had tried to commit suicide when he was in school because his father wanted him to go to medical school and he didn't have the grades :/ Luckily he survived and came to our college and he's happy now but it really hurt to think of a friend in so much pain that they see this as the only way out.

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  103. Things change, if u hit rock bottom then the only way left is going up :)

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  104. I think even God himself dont like the idea of forcing to embrace religion, it's like forcing someone to love you i guess

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  105. But faith will, imo.

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  106. Some Korean parents are just crazy frustrating...must be stressful for the kids

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  107. yes i know and im sorry for beaing crazy

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  108. Fuck i cried. What a lovely human being

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  109. Love this guy . Plus I'm an American and most of our cops shoot unarmed black people

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  110. Being a church atendee and a person who are having intimate communication with God are two different things. Most church attendee ive encountered simply think church is just a community /organization for the people who think alike or as a place to practice liturgy rather than having personal relationship with God...

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  111. Thats so saaad... There is so much in life than getting good grades and rank.

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  112. Jenizz | pinkcrownApril 14, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    6. [+428, -5] If you're a true parent, stop nagging your kid over her grades and just watch over her. I've never seen a happy family with the parents always nagging about grades.


    Basically. Support them, nag them a bit, be lenient and just.. stand on the sideline if not needed and watch over your child... :/

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  113. When I was a high school senior, I was so stressed .. I remember just few days before the finals, my dad was tired to see me working on my lessons and he kicked me out of my bedroom while screaming and told me to go party.

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  114. Prayers for those kids.

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  115. I wanna see your gif folder.

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  116. Message me if you ever feel this way. It get better, guys, it really does.

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  117. Ah this comment :-) Religious beliefs and spiritual connection are two VERY different things.

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  118. What i dont understand is why are you looking at the downvotes when its irrelevant. its a heart warming article even i teared up and all you care about is the downvotes?

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  119. I wouldn't make an ill-informed generalisation like that if I were you. Kids in Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Japan, Vietnam, Macau and Indonesia are pretty happy, with good education systems (except Indonesia lol) to boot.

    http://ak-hdl.buzzfed.com/static/2014-01/enhanced/webdr07/14/22/enhanced-buzz-wide-4600-1389758007-13.jpg

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qz-we40U8-E/UtrLL68JzEI/AAAAAAAAKGY/ZvPGRCXC5cM/s1600/enhanced-buzz-wide-8599-1389753504-12.jpg

    http://www.dramafever.com/st/news/images/happy.png

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  120. same with me...;-;

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  121. アンゼむ・デスApril 14, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Not only that, but knowing how the education is, usually good grades aren't the important thing, the important thing is learning. It's such a shame that a mark can destroy you and makes you feel like shit, like you're worthless...

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  122. I'm not talking about Asian educational systems -- I'm talking about (East) Asian parents' methods of parenting.

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  123. disqus_QBwmIa4ChaApril 14, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    You got what you wanted mod kept deleting recent gifs so i ll quit posting gifs then

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  124. This is what im trying to say! It is ironic that most religions are based on spiritual & supernatural being activities yet they focused to much on ceremonial things & religious attributes. Sorry for my bad english :(

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  125. what i was trying to say is why would people downvote comments that are praising ths man btw the policeman is a hero #Respect

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  126. it's rare to find peolpe like him these days, a true hero

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  127. I think you need to educate yourself a little more. Finland does not have a communist system, do you even know what a communist system is??

    And yes Finland does have a high suicide rate in general, and quite a high depression rate too. It's sad...

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  128. Ok cos some people here likes to focus on downvotes when there are positive comments with lots of upvotes cos they cant bash knets and act superior ;) my bad if thats what you mean. and yes the police man deserves a recognition from higher ups.

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  129. That's why I'm so thankful for my mom. We're Korean too and you'd think I'd have to live like what we're made to believe Koreans do but she says that my health is always first and that she'd only be disappointed in me not trying my best.

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  130. Your mom is awsome.

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  131. I totally understand. Black parents be waiting at the door with a belt on report card day. Anything less than a 'B'. Bam bam slice slice. Your behind is finished.

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  132. Good to know a good policeman and a perspn exists :)

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  133. Whenever I'm stressed with my grades... I watch gag concert.

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  134. the parents probably suffered the same thing when they were children

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  135. HUMANITY RESTORED. But it just totally sucks on how your grades totally determine your future, you ruin your grades, there goes your grades.

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  136. Aww, no your English is great :-D And I agree with you entirely. Too many people lose touch from sticking to empty practices.

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  137. Everything happens for a reason~ Fightiiiiinggg!

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  138. EXACTLY, school isn't like it used to be when they were in it. Now you have to deal with volunteering, getting experience, keeping up your grades while getting recommendations and trying to make money. There is too much going on and parents need to understand that.

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  139. finally a good story about korean police

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  140. Personally I think if you didn't fail a class you didn't challenge yourself

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  141. im so sad they cancelled 10 yrs later

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  142. bless you ahjusshi <3

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  143. What an amazing story.

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  144. The thing is it's a cycle and there's a high chance the parents went through the exact same thing so this is the only way they know. You know how you usually say you don't want to end up like your parents, but end up doing so anyways? I'm sure this is the same thing. They know what pressure is like, but it comes from all sides once you have kids & it just happens.

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  145. 3. [+5,536, -126] Sucks that amazing policemen like him are put on patrol jobs while the officer seniors are all working with huge companies for bribes

    My mom once asked to join politic because of the way she speaks impress people and she get respect from the company she is staying at but she refused it. I asked why, since she will get lot of money if she agree but then she said,"As long as mom is happy with this job then mom is okay. That job is payed higher but you will be less happy and mom isn't sure if mom will not change. greed can make everyone blind my dear. but should i agree? so that we probably can go abroad like how you wanted to be."

    but then i said no.
    She then said to me that i should find job that will make me happy and less pressured.

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  146. its sad because school grades shouldn't be something to commit suicide over but it seems to happen so often in their society ...

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  147. sunny bunny (͡° ͜Κ– ͡°)April 14, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    aww this is a really touching story. what an amazing guy.. there was a guy like that in australia too that would comfort people that were contemplating suicide. sometimes all people need is someone who will listen and comfort them

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  148. That pure 90 mins of happiness and laughter lol

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  149. I live in SG but alot here is stressed as f especially when it comes to exam (O LVL/A LVL). I can't imagine if i were living in KR.

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  150. I believe it plays a large part for much of the younger population. Good jobs are hard to come by these days, not just in Korea, because older people are retiring later (and other reasons too)... you really have to have top credentials to have a chance at making it, especially when almost everyone wants to live in Seoul.

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  151. μ˜€λΉ μ˜λˆ„λ‚˜April 14, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    *applauds

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  152. "...finding that her grades didn't meet the expectations of her parents."
    That was a nightmare for me πŸ‘ΌπŸ‘Ό

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  153. "Don't die today, die tomorrow. If it's hard tomorrow, then die the day after that. If it's hard the day after that, then die the day after that." https://thetalkingcupboard.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/kill-me-heal-me-e15-150225-hdtv-h264-450p-limo-avi_001133785.jpg?w=300&h=169

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  154. As much as i agree with that, i feel like we also need to understand our parents, they must be in constant worries for us because of how fast this world has changed. In their time, having a high school diploma is enough sometimes, but nowadays, even with college diploma it will be hard for someone to get a job.
    Our parents wants us to have a better life than them, that's why their constantly in worry for us. They are afraid that without proper education we can live a good life and that's why they they want us to study.

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  155. They shoot white people too, but it doesn't make the news because it's not POOLICE BROOTALITY!>

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  156. I just want to say why so many people with suicidal thought in Korea -,-

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  157. ⇨★♔DRAMA★SENSEI♔★⇦April 15, 2015 at 2:03 AM

    Damn, that's so sad. I'm glad she didn't go through with it, thanks to the kindness of a stranger. PHEWW~! As much as i love and admire many aspects of Korean culture, there are also many aspects i find alarming. Needless to say, i'm glad i didn't go through the Korean educational system or anything similar!

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  158. yup. so true..the success of life is not solely depend on grade
    in school. i have 2 friends who have very bad in grades & not going to college. when i and other friends busy study in college.. this 2 friends start working. they start from bottom..earn money & experience. last week, i have reunion and found out one member is manager (which her salary is same with salary who fresh graduate) and other one is working as admin while doing business.

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  159. I was completely stunned after finding out that they literally have rote memorization lessons in hagwons (at least that's what my Korean pen pals told me). You can probably learn a multiplication table like that, but languages?! How the hell can you understand anything in a language just by reading and repeating, without even having speaking exercises or essays? That's very mind-boggling.

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  160. I like articles like these. Keep the good vibes rolling!

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  161. I feel like those thoughts occur to everyone at some points in their lives. I'm at the same point as you, in university but I have periods where I dont even want to do anything anymore because its so stressful, I just tell myself once I'm done it'll get better! And then I can be proud of myself for having a degree, and you will be proud of yourself too! 😘

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  162. Glad to see there's some netz actually asking about the conditions of their society. (This isn't a diss against S.Korea, people everywhere should ask about their society!)

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  163. I know. I'm just replying to the person who said most Koreans are atheists. Besides just because most church attendees you've encountered are like that doesn't mean it's like that in this particular church.

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  164. Waah~ Finally some good news courtesy of Mr. Policeman. *hats off to you sir!*

    "wanted to end her life after finding that her grades didn't meet the expectations of her parents"

    "He wanted to pursue a physical education major, which his father opposed"

    /smh.

    I know very well that parents just want what's best for their kids but sometimes, it appears more like all they want is what would be best for their own reputation and not for their own children. It's like, what they're after is praises from other people "Wow. You've raised your son/daughter well~ blahblahblah" It's sad. Let them live their lives and just support them with their dreams.

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  165. I cried reading this. I don't live in Korea but I relate to this students. My parents won't understand the fact that the teachers treated me badly and this leaded to them (the teachers) not wanting to hear my part of the story, they looked down on me and even joked about my mistakes in front of my friends. I developed a mental disorder and I can't even tell anyone about it because to them mental disorders=crazy people who needs to be detained or smth. It's a good thing that I still have a hope which is God. That's the reason why I haven't commited suicide yet. I hope there are more people like this policeman who would help suicidal students instead of looking down at them.

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  166. Im not trying to generalize, just stating my experiences when i went to catholic, protestant (calvinist & lutheran), reform, pentecostal, charismatic & ethnic churches

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  167. Sk parents need to learns that grades is not everything

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  168. I find the way the story is told rather interesting. It look like a drama plot more than real life article.

    I don't know how many more young suicide Korea needs to get that there is a big issue with the educational system

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  169. Parents are human too, they're not perfect. I believe that every parents want their children to be happy by having a better, bright future, in their point of views. In the other hand, for some children, parents' ways don't fit their ideal future but they're too scared or too pressured to tell them.
    Communicating is the best way for this. I believe children nowadays are way smarter than when their parents were, so I think it'd be good to use a wise language while talk to the parents about it so they'd understand.

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  170. Grades are shit. They don't represent who you are or how smart you are. I agree with you that health is more important. I hope some parents don't pressure their children for good grades.

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  171. Honestly in my opinion, grades don't really mean anything. In real life, grades don't even count anymore. Like, anyone can have a good grade if they try and study or memorize a subject, but later on, they will also forget about it as their lives progress. Being smart doesn't only mean that you have good grades, it can mean that you're smart at other things besides school subjects too. Everyone is smart in their own way, and it might not be in the academic and I think that's fine. At the end of the day, how many people will actually fail their lives if they don't really get the top grades?

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  172. fortunately my parents never nagged at me for my grades, they know I can't be perfect for everything, even when I showed them my bad scores to have their sign on it they just do it without nagging at me, they just asking is it hard? they told me to study too sometimes but never forced me to do so, and again luckily I always had good grades because I had less pressure about my score unlike others that feels more pressure and make the lessons they take fade away from their memory, ah but actually I never study that much X'D I enjoy my free style of studying

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  173. Bless that man. I would've been too shocked or scared to do something like that. Props to him.

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  174. And would that country be Indonesia? (I live there too). It's pretty sad. In Asian countries especially, parents always pressure their children to get straights A's and act like it's the end of the world when they get anything below that (no joke, my mom literally yells at my sister if she gets a B or lower).


    I wish adults would tell kids that grades aren't the most important thing in the world, because they really aren't. I've never worried about grades to the point of being stressed but I'm doing just fine right now. :/

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