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Fear Factor: Chinese Elementary School Edition

Imagine if you were in kindergarten and you had to cross a 200-meter footbridge over a raging river twice each day--alone--in order to get to and from school.

Now imagine that being an upgrade.

According to this article, which I seriously don't know if I can believe, "A bridge is to be built in a Chinese village where children are forced to cross a raging torrent on a steel cable to get to school."

This would be a good time to show you the picture that accompanies the article:

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According to the article, almost 500 children make this trip each day. Additionally, "the villagers say that usually four-year-old children are taken by their parents, and begin to go by themselves from the age of five;" however, "the youngest student, A Qia, 4, has to go over by herself each day."

The really golden quote in the article is this, though: "A Pu, five, who was stuck in the middle of the cable for nearly 20 minutes once, said: 'I used to dream of having a bridge, but then I learned that my dream was too expensive.'"

The article goes on to say that the kid's dream is coming true now that "officials finally agreed to spend £35,000 on a bridge after a TV programme was made about the children's dangerous daily journey."

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EmGusk

the only appropriate comment for this is that WOW face you and your sister make.

Lauren

Hahaha, so true

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