Connect with us

Phuket

Phuket students prevent suicide leap

Published

 on 

PHUKET: A group of Satree Phuket School students were able to talk a troubled teenager out of committing suicide by jumping off the pedestrian footbridge near their school this morning.

Satree Phuket 12th-grade student Nat Koeypoekaisan said he was walking over the footbridge that spans Thepkrasattri Road when he noticed the young woman climbing over the handrail, facing out over the traffic in tears.

As Nat tried to talk her out of it, the girl explained that she had been abandoned by her mother two days earlier and forced to work at a karaoke bar off Phun Pol Road on the east side of Phuket Town.

She was desperate to get back to her native Roi-et, but had no money, no knowledge of the roads, no friends or acquaintances…and her mother didn’t want her to return home.

She spent two days walking around the streets of Phuket City, at night sleeping in front of the Bank Of Ayudhya branch on Phun Pol Road, she said.

Penniless, she hadn’t eaten in two days and her only sustenance was tap water she drank from the bathroom at the Esso station.

She was earlier picked up by Kusoldharm Foundation workers who took her to Vachira Phuket Hospital for treatment of a bad stomach ache, but after her release her predicament had not changed.

When she reached the Satree Phuket School she decided to end her life by jumping from the footbridge, which is about five meters high.

Nat and his friends consoled the girl and tried to convince her to come down, holding her hand and telling her that every problem has a solution and suicide is never the answer.

During this time she would only allow students to approach her, not police officers who were monitoring the situation nearby.

After 40 minutes she finally relented and came down the stairs accompanied by the students.

The girl, 19, was once again sent to Vachira Phuket Hospital for treatment and – hopefully – a visit by social workers.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Guides7 hours ago

Foodie Zone: Where to get vegan desserts in Bangkok 2022

Thailand8 hours ago

Thailand News Today | 36 dead in a mass shooting at a nursery in northeast Thailand

Guides9 hours ago

5 best wine bars in Bangkok offering rich and quality wine

Sponsored15 hours ago

Segafredo Zanetti Coffee teamed up with Bangkok Airways and hosted “Bangkok Airways Surf Festival 2022”

North East9 hours ago

Hip businesses in northeast Thai province offer tasty food and fun experiences

Crime9 hours ago

British CEO arrested at Bangkok Airport over 40 million baht fraud accusations

Thailand9 hours ago

Thailand’s 5 national parks raise entry fees for foreigners by 100%

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Bangkok9 hours ago

Ari around invites Ari people to share good deeds through the app.

Press Room9 hours ago

Where to order cannabis/weed in Thailand

Chon Buri9 hours ago

Trouserless Chon Buri man crashes car into power pole

Entertainment10 hours ago

‘The Trapped 13’ lets Wild Boars speak for themselves

Thailand10 hours ago

Reported Bangkok VIP casino vanishes into thin air

World10 hours ago

Australia sets goal of preventing any more species from going extinct

Crime10 hours ago

Mass shooting in Thailand: 36 dead, including 24 children, 12 injured

Thailand10 hours ago

9 Thais arrested in South Korea for smuggling drugs

Drugs10 hours ago

Police snag 2.5 meth pills in checkpoint stings

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending