Chinese Girls Commit Suicide to 'Time Travel'
Officials considering ban on time-travel TV plots
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2012 12:25 AM CDT
Were they trying to get back to the future?   (?ell brown)

(Newser) – Two young Chinese girls committed suicide so they could "time travel" to imitate characters in TV fantasies, officials believe. The fifth-graders in East China's Fujian province drowned themselves in a pool, and left behind a suicide note indicating they were hoping to become time travelers after death, reports the New York Daily News. Several Chinese programs involve characters who travel to ancient times after death. According to an informal survey by a Chinese newspaper, 11 out of 16 elementary school students believe such time travel is possible. Worried officials are considering banning time-travel plots in programs during prime time—or issuing warnings, reports the China Daily.

"Schoolchildren are rich in curiosity, but poor in judgment, so this kind of tragedy happens in every era," said a spokeswoman for the China Youth and Children Research Center. "I have heard of children jumping from high buildings after watching an actor flying in a magic show. This kind of imitative behavior is in the nature of young children, but it's very dangerous. So we should give some sort of warning for children on TV programs."

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Mar 14, 2012 10:53 AM CDT
How exactly does one drown themselves in a pool?
Mar 14, 2012 8:26 AM CDT
I suspect this is Chinese government propaganda being used to scare parents. Last year the Chinese government was restricting what types of science fiction shows could be aired because they were concerned for the mental welfare of its people.
Mar 14, 2012 6:59 AM CDT
How about they mandate the PARENTS talk to their 2 or less children about the differences between reality and fantasy. Why is it soooo hard to blame the parents for not talking about this with their children.