12 Middle School Boys Hailed As Heroes For Talking Woman Out Of Committing Suicide
A group of middle school boys are being hailed as heroes after they took the time to talk a woman out of committing suicide last week.
The twelve boys are all members of the boys volleyball team from Kepler Neighborhood School in Fresno, California. The youngsters were out jogging during a practice session when they saw a woman climb over the edge of a bridge. The fall from the bridge was 100 feet down to train tracks, so she undoubtedly would have died had she jumped, but the boys weren’t about to let that happen.
“She was like, one hand, and feet hanging already,” said one of the students.
First, the boys ran to their coach Elliot Murray and told him to call 911. When he saw what was happening, he told the boys to run back to the woman and do whatever they could to stop her from jumping.
“I immediately told the kids, ‘Do everything you can, chant, say ‘Stop, your life is worth it’ – and they just kept on chanting,” Elliot recalled.
For the next ten minutes, the boys yelled encouraging things to the 47 year-old woman in the hopes of convincing her not to take her own life. The woman was so touched by the kind words of the boys that she eventually stepped back to safety right before police officers arrived on the scene.
The unnamed woman has since been getting the help that she needs and is being given a 72-hour mental health evaluation.
“We contacted her, found out she was actually trying to commit suicide and the officer placed her on a mental health evaluation hold for 72 hours to be evaluated by mental health workers,” said Lt. Mark Hudson of the Fresno Police Department.
Elliot firmly believes that it was his students who convinced the woman not commit suicide.
“She took a glance and hearing those kids, it registered to her, ‘I can’t do this in front of them,'” he said.
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