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Response to quakerboy (Reply #53)

Thu Feb 16, 2012, 08:36 PM

71. The preventative measures were to the library and local bridge..

no indication that what something happening inside of the library was the trigger for the suicides.

At Foxconn, employees were actually walking away from their work stations and jumping out of windows. These weren't already depressed young people leaping from a landmark bridge or the tallest building around when personal problems become overwhelming. These were people with no social lives, who did nothing but work for hours on end, deciding that death was the only escape from their miserable existence inside of the factory.

To make an honest comparison, our data set should only include suicides directly tied to the pressures of campus life. A comparable preventative measure would be bars on windows to stop students from getting up from their desk and jumping out because they would rather die than solve another partial differential equation. That linkage doesn't exist in the examples provided. These are just locations which appeal to already suicidal people, like the Golden Gate bridge.

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