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Afraid of Being Late to School, Child Walks to School at Night

A Chinese police officer in Yunnan visits a poor child who walked to school in the dark night because he can't afford an alarm clock and was afraid of being late to school.

A Chinese police officer in Yunnan visits a poor child who walked to school in the dark night because he can't afford an alarm clock and was afraid of being late to school.

From NetEase:

6-Year-Old Boy Can’t Afford an Alarm Clock; Afraid of Being Late, He Gropes Around In the Dark to Go to School at 10pm

Very early in the morning on November 26th, a little boy of around 7 or 8 years old wandered up and down a street in the small town of Nagu in Tonghai county [of Yunnan province], shivering with cold and his eyes full of anxiety. A kind villager called Li Xiaoci who was passing by stepped forward to ask him what was going on, but the little boy wouldn’t say. Could it be that his parents had driven him out of the house, or he’d done something bad and was afraid to go home? This winter night was exceptionally cold, so for the child’s safety, Li Xiaoci hurriedly took out her mobile phone and called the number of Nagu’s local police station. As it turns out, this little boy couldn’t afford to buy an alarm clock and so, fearing that he’d be late, left to go to school in the middle of the night.

A civil police officer quickly hurried over, and took the little boy to the local police station. In the police station guard’s room, the little boy told the police officer “uncle” a “secret” both amazing and heartbreaking. This little boy is called Xing Yu, a student in class 2, grade 2 of Nagu Central School and is temporarily living in the town of Sijie in the village of Daying. His mother abandoned the family several years ago, leaving him, his sister and their father relying on each other for survival. His father works in a factory in Lishan Industrial Park, and his elder sister is in her first year of Tonghai No.3 Middle School.

On the evening of 25th November, as his father had left the house to work a night shift, he was left alone at home. To get to Nagu Primary School from Daying, you have to walk for 3 or 4 kilometres, and as his family couldn’t afford to buy an alarm clock, he feared that the next day he would oversleep and arrive late to school. Thinking this over, the little boy used a plastic bag to pack up his books, then left the house after 10 in the evening. He went straight to Nagu, planning to wait there until daybreak when the primary school opened. According to what little Xing Yu said, he was waiting outside for 4 hours with not a single person on the street, both afraid and cold, only able to walk back and forth under the street lamp to warm himself up. When he got to Beiylei Nursery School, he bumped into Li Xiaoci who happened to be passing by.

As the little boy couldn’t remember his dad’s mobile phone number exactly, the civil police officer first contacted his class’s head teacher, teacher Qian, and afterwards contacted little Xing Yu’s father. When he received the civil police officer’s phone call, his father quickly asked the officer to see the little boy home, and immediately requested leave from work so he could come over.

The civil police officer took the little boy home, and the circumstances he saw before him filled him with concern: a family of three crammed into a small room that couldn’t be bigger than 10 square meters, with only a very narrow space left over after the placement of three beds, the wall surface flaking off, the floor bumpy and rough, a pile of junk piled up chaotically and not a single decent piece of furniture in the whole place.

The next day, the civil police officer got off work and instead of resting, he brought a little alarm clock he had chosen with the utmost care and some school stationary supplies to visit little Xing Yu, who happily received the alarm clock from the civil police officer’s hands. “With this, I won’t have to worry about being late to school anymore…”, little Xing Yu said, choking with emotion, his eyes shining bright with tears.

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個好朋友 [网易江苏省网友]:

So sad, I lament the many hardships of people’s lives!!

网易浙江省杭州市手机网友 ip:60.177.*.*:

Sigh…just one table of the leaders’ food could see him graduate high school.

压力山大而死 [网易海南省海口市网友]:

America and Japan, how do you have the heart to see us like this?

网易山东省菏泽市网友 ip:222.174.*.*:

Tears flowing.

验货员 [网易广东省广州市网友]:

This policeman is such a good person!

木哈哈哈哈 [网易北京市门头沟区网友]

Indeed one act that can change a person.

撸锦tao [网易海南省海口市网友]:

[Life in] Socialist countries sure is happy… Child, sing a red song [patriotic communist songs]. It’ll make things a little better.

国只是一片土地 [网易上海市浦东新区网友]:

Until the bandits are all dead, China has no hope!

网易广东省深圳市网友 ip:14.219.*.*

Bullshit! Migrant workers are demanding to have 2 children, but it would be better if they remained bachelors. Having children and then not being able to raise them, isn’t this just harming others and themselves? In the end, the wife has run away, saddling the next generation with also becoming slaves, their short lifetimes of a few decades living lives worse than that of a dog’s.

毁灭前的疯狂 [网易广东省佛山市网友]:

Is this kind of government really “serving the people”? I can’t see it.

114413078 [网易广东省广州市手机网友]

This news report should be given to their village head, town mayor, county magistrate, city mayor, provincial governor, all the leaders/government officials of all the government departments for them all to see!

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