Suicidal Man Jumps Out of Apartment Building & Lands on 5-Year-Old Girl

A suicidal man killed himself by jumping off the 11th floor of an apartment building -- and tragically he landed on a 5-year-old girl who was walking with her parents. The incident happened in Seoul, South Korea, a country that reportedly has one of the highest rates of suicide. The man did not leave a note though he was being treated for depression. The little girl just happened to be directly below him when he took his plunge.

He landed directly on the girl, and she was taken to the hospital with a skull fracture, but she later died. Tragic.

I can't imagine what it must be like to be this girl's parents -- to be walking with your 5-year-old, and then suddenly someone literally falls out of the sky right on top of her. Horrible.

I sympathize with people who want to end their lives. Although it causes a huge amount of pain to those they leave behind, I will not pretend to understand the despair that engulfs people who commit suicide. I wish all people who do so would think of the impact their decision will have on friends and family, especially children, but people who are that depressed often think the world and everyone in it would be better off without them, and they truly believe that.

But too many times we also hear stories of people using a gun to commit suicide, and the bullet goes through the wall and into someone else's home. You also hear about people taking or trying to take their loves ones with them -- especially children. In March, a baby survived an 8-story fall after his mom strapped him to her chest and jumped out her apartment window. Jumpers who take people out on the ground aren't that uncommon either. This is why it's one of the worst ways to take your life.

I'm not going to give anyone advice about how to kill themselves while thinking about the safety of others. Instead, I just going to encourage people thinking about ending it all to get help. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

This man will never know that he ended an innocent young life when he decided to end his own; and destroyed the life of two adult strangers who did nothing to him. But hopefully others thinking of doing the same thing will see this story and reconsider what they might be planning.

Do you think suicide is dangerous to others?


Editor's Note: According to the National Center for Health Statistics, guns accounted for 50% of all suicides in the U.S. in 2010.

 

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nonmember avatar Common.Sense

People who kill themselves do the rest of us a favor. Anybody that selfish and that thoughtless doesn't deserve to live anyway. People who kill themselves in ways that affect others or cause others to die too deserve to be brought back to life and killed again. I hate suicidal people. They cause so much damage and think of NOBODY but themselves and their own petty problems and don't care about the lives of the people they leave behind.

Autsu Autsu

Well, Common Sense, maybe it was selfish of their parents to birth a child who never asked to be born. Your viewpoint is no less selfish than their actions.

nonmember avatar clarissa

@common.sense.
That is not true. My brother took his life on Feb 11. He had lost his baby son(pre-me. never came home from the hospital and bled to death in my brother's arms) and his wife was cheating on him and had filed papers for a divorce. He had lost his job. He was bi-polar. My father abused all of us growing up but was worse to him. He shot himself twice in the head with my father's gun. He was in such despair over everything. How can you say that it does anyone a favor. These people are really ill. My brother was in a manic downward spiral that he didn't see anyway out of. Granted, there are many much better ways to handle it, but he couldn't see them. It isn't just petty problems. How dare you. You are the one who is thoughtless.

Brain... BrainyMommy

You write for a national, well-known blog site. Why can't you take the least bit of time to research the topic you're going to write about? Guns account for about 1% of suicide attempts. Additionally, very little planning goes into typically lethal forms of suicide (such as jumping), especially the younger you are. One study of survivors, found that for people 13 - 34 a quarter pegged the time between deciding to kill themselves and actually attempting it was less than five minutes. People in that frame of my mind are not going to think about what may happen when they jump or pull the trigger. If you want to prevent something like this then you need to advocate for suicide barriers. Any impediments that you utilize may slow down the person enough that they change their mind. 


Please. If you're going to blog about suicide. Do some freaking research. This topic is too important to speak idiotically off the cuff. 

Brain... BrainyMommy

Common Sense - Please try to find some. 

chips... chipsnhow

Common.Sense although it is utterly terrible when a suicidal persons actions hurt or even kills someone else, unless you are or ever been suicidal you have no right to call someone elses pain be it physical, mental or emotional petty. You do not the type of pain it takes to want to take your life.

Autum... Autumnleaves87

Hey brainy.. the CDC surveys show over 50% of suicides in the US are done by using firearm. Wtf are you talking about?



You said suicide "attempts"... To which I would say Duh. Not a lot of people walk away from a gun shot wound to the head...But firearms are ABSOLUTELY used to commit suicide and yes there have been subsequent injuries to other innocent bystanders.. its all very sad.

Brain... BrainyMommy

autumnleaves - Are you looking at successful suicides or attempted suicides. Please educate yourself so you don't sound so stupid in the future. Thanks!

elk571 elk571

Sorry but as a psychologist I can tell u that not all suicides r due to 'temporary' problems. There r many ppl who want to end it all bc there is no solution to their problems; for example, in cases of some illnesses where death actually IS the only end they think ending it on their terms if they're going to die anyway (often very painfully) is better...

nonmember avatar Rach

I'm no psychologist, but I can form thoughts with whole words. People should have a choice when it comes to ending their lives. Maybe if they did, they wouldn't jump off buildings and take out innocent people.

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