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Jumper Survives Golden Gate Bridge Jump

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We're so glad he's safe. If the reports are true, though, then we just don't know what to say about why he jumped.

Oh, right, yes we do: If the other kids in the group urged him to do it, and peer pressure made him, then that's just a horrible thing to do. And as for the jumper, you should surround yourself with some better friends.

This story could have ended in tragedy very easily, like, 98%-of-the-time easily.

Because that's the percentage of leaps being fatal from the bridge.

Here's some of what happened:

Most jumpers die a grisly death, with massive internal injuries, broken bones and skull fractures. Some die from internal bleeding, while others drown.

But the 17-year-old lived, and a statement from his school said he suffered no severe injuries beyond bruising and tenderness. He was rescued by a surfer who paddled over and took him ashore, California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Rardin said.

Extremely. Lucky.

Unfortunately the Golden Gate Bridge is a veritable hot spot for suicidal jumpers, having an average of one every two weeks.

The city is looking at options to install some sort of suicide prevention on the bridge, perhaps a steel netting.

People should never urge someone to do something like this, whether or not they know the person will take it seriously.

And if it was because of depression, then, suicide will never be the answer. Seeking help is always, always the best solution.

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40 comments to “Jumper Survives Golden Gate Bridge Jump”



  1. 1

    Perez i dare you to jump off



  2. 2

    i am thankful and shocked the little shit survived.



  3. 3

    Oooooo … that kid is going to be FAMOUS once he's out of jail. I'd definitely like to see him get on Dancing With The Stars !!!



  4. 4

    I dont get why you are writing about this and not Japan. I know you mostly write about gossip, but it would be nice to show your readers that you maybe care.



  5. 5

    Dumb kid. I'm sorry but he is extremely lucky.



  6. 6

    Tee Em Zee is reporting that the teen's friends had been calling him gayface for months. He couldn't take the homophobic name-calling so he decided to jump off the bridge. But don't worry, the teen's friends immediately made this stupid video where they were crying and saying they won't be bullies anymore so…

    Never Forget, Perez :)



  7. 7

    If he really did it for a stunt than this kid is an asshole!



  8. 8

    Perez, you need a severe reality check. You are still a bully, you've just changed your ways of bullying! You need to remember that these are young high school students who were on a class field trip. After the boy jumped, the kids who saw it happen thought they had witnessed someone die. That is extremely traumatic, so do not try and paint them as accomplices and as if they urged him to do it. I actually know people who live in Windsor and they tell me that this boy was new to the school and had been telling people he was going to jump off the bridge at the field trip. Everyone thought he was doing it for attention and to seem cool so that he could make friends. I also heard that the students with him on the trip attempted to pull him back as he climbed the rail in order to jump. These kids are traumatized. I haven't read any reports that he was egged on, and you are being an extreme bully and creating damaging and false rumors. Imagine if one of the kids on the field trip who witnessed this, what he thought was a boy who jumped to his death, was reading this. How do you think they'd feel, seeing that you are placing blame on everyone around the kid rather than the kid himself? You're deplorable.



  9. 9

    i'm confused perez, you didn't really give the whole story… did the kid jump off for a stunt? or because he was bullied or what?



  10. 10

    I feel really sorry for this kid, hopefully he realizes now that a lot of people loved him… are happy he did not die, whether it was a stunt or a suicide attempt, this will change his life forever.



  11. 11

    A 1978 study by Richard Seiden showed that people who are stopped from jumping from the bridge rarely die by suicide at a later juncture by using another suicide method. Seiden studied 515 individuals who were stopped from jumping from the bridge, and an astounding 94 percent were either still alive or had died from natural causes some 25 years later.



  12. 12

    The kid jumped off the bridge as a dare from classmates. It's in just about every single story.



  13. 13

    A lot of people survive our bridge - a lot - in fact to anyone who lives here we hear these stories on a weekly basis. Thousands a year jump, literally.



  14. 14

    there is a jumper net, you can only jump from a non fatal usually point i've looked it over. any child rapist should suicide imo idc



  15. 15

    Re: brat93111 – as if! that was like for two months when AIDS made the media

  16. snit says – reply to this


    16

    as globetrotter commented, the other kids did NOT egg him on. they were traumatized after the jump. he admitted that he did it for kicks. the surfers who rescued him stated that he told them the same thing (and they chewed his immature little ass out for it!).

    and bratty..while there are hundreds of jumps off the golden gate bridge every year, RARELY does anyone survive. that's why this story is news…cuz he did.



  17. 17

    I am glad he lived. But come on, now theyre going to install a safety netting or something? Why the hell for ? People are always going to find a way to kill themselves if they intend to do it. You cannot prevent every possible scenario. Money would be better spent if they throw it out the window.



  18. 18

    My brother actually goes to school with the boy who jumped off the bridge, he wasn't peer pressured in any way. He went there on a school field trip with a prior desire to jump "just for fun", in no way was it a suicide attempt, just a teen boy with too much testosterone.



  19. 19

    i'm an expert in being overfrienldy, i see what the rapist thinks like, how ga etc.



  20. 20

    How do you know what happened 'snit' you smarmy little git ?



  21. 21

    Kid is so lucky. I went to the hs he went to and know a lot of people who know him. He wasn't suicidal. Someone who knows him said he had been talking about jumping off it for awhile because he thought it would be funny. He might have a problem psychologically–something that inhibits his ability to determine what is a good idea and what is a bad idea– but it wasn't depression.

  22. kbah says – reply to this


    22

    I've lost a 17 year old family member to suicide. The only thing that will save someone who is suicidal is professional help and dilligence from their family and friends. My 17 year old cousin had gone to the hospital looking for help twice during the summer before he hung himself. His family didn't pay attention, thinking that he was looking for attention and they blew off his threats. Six months later, his older brother discovered his body in the basement, hanging from the rafters. No note, no nothing… just gone. If someone would have taken him seriously, and made sure he was getting help and was taking care of himself, he would still be here today - at 28 he would probably have a family and a career and be happy that he got over the depression that plagued his teen years.

    Pay attention to your friends and family members actions - when you see the warning signs, don't blow them off. Don't feel like you'll be making a big deal out of nothing by calling their parents or other friends and getting together to try to do something to help. One phone call, one conversation could be all takes to save a life.

  23. snit says – reply to this


    23

    to jaytee:

    uh..maybe i was there, you pissy little pecker



  24. 24

    I think that net they want to install is a stupid idea. People have the right to jump of the bridge if they want to. It is nobody's business.



  25. 25

    Should've picked a really high building…



  26. 26

    I totally disagree!! Suicide for some individuals is their only escape. This world should embrace suicide as a way to get rid of certain types of people..such as homosexuals who cant deal with their sexuality, African Americans who just cant deal with the discrimination, pregnant teen mothers who have realized they have ruined their life being such a slut, the elderly to could take advantage of suicide as a way to take the burden of extended health care away from their children. There are just some people who do not deserve to live in our world. We should facilitate these pathetic scum with suicide as a way to free up this worlds resources and to make our lives better by not having to deal with these depressed little shits.

  27. @v@ says – reply to this


    27

    If anyone doesn't believe that 17 year old brains aren't yet fully formed to be able to weigh consequences of their immediate impulses, this is a case in point.



  28. 28

    woahh! this got on Perez??! Weird because The kid goes to Windsor High school In Windsor, CA. which is were i live. He was on a school field trip. I can't believe he did that as a stunt.



  29. 29

    Re: @v@ – Excellent Point !



  30. 30

    If he did it simply for kicks and not because he was depressed, than I'm a little annoyed that he survived. Sounds like the little asshole needs to be smacked around a bit.



  31. 31

    This kid goes to my daughter's high school…there was no dare or peer pressure…he did it for fun! He's a thrill-seeker and in ALOT of trouble now because of it! Not sure what he was thinking



  32. 32

    This kid goes to my daughter's school. There was no dare or peer pressure. He did it for fun. He's a thrill seeker and in a shit load of trouble now! Not sure what he was thinking.

  33. @v@ says – reply to this


    33

    Re: iloverickymartin – It's a good story, NOW, but he just as easily could have been explaining it to some omniscient being at the end of the white tunnel.



  34. 34

    I dont think that someone would jump off that bridge on a dare.. they should be checking into the friends and see if they tried to hurt him in another way other then just daring him to do it..



  35. 35

    If it was for depression or something other mental - stop send us to counseling - I am in therapy since more than 10 yrs and I can't find a grip cause society has no place for people like me - if I was brave enough I'll be gone long time - some are not meant to be here and need a relief - really.



  36. 36

    Re: aecfac – Hopefully your daughter isn't good friends with the little jerk.



  37. 37

    He wasn't trying to commit suicide. He was an idiot whose friends dared him to jump and he did.



  38. 38

    Would've been nice to have been able to read the whole story.. guess I'll have to go to a real news source for that….You touched on bullying yet you didn't even post that part of the story… SMH. This story is incomplete and you need to read more about suicide prevention because they have been trying to do stuff for years.. ie the suicide barriers etc… SHoddy reporting.. as usual



  39. 39

    Re: Celiacubeforum – Wow.. all that hate from one person.. Dont worry.. your fate will be worse then suicide :)



  40. 40

    the kid was not encourage to jump by his friends, in fact a student tried stop him from jumping. he did it for the thrill! and apparently it's not his first time jumping off bridges. my friend's sister was on that field trip. this guy just ruined a traditional field trip for everyone. he actually wont face jail time, CHP are trying to charge him with tresspasing. the teachers involved handled the situation really well.