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College student jumps to her death today

A Shanghai college student jumped to her death this morning after sending an SMS message "Goodbye" to her teacher.

The sophomore jumped from the 12th floor of a building in Shanghai International Studies University's downtown campus in Hongkou District about 10:30am.

Many students were having classes in the building when the incident happened.

A witness photographed the scene and uploaded them to, a Twitter-like microblog website, which immediately drew widespread attention.

The victim was a student of the English Language Department. Her classmates suspected that she probably killed herself over love affairs. The cause of her death is still under investigation.

Suicide has become a major cause of death for college students in Shanghai, according to a college safety report released by the city's education authorities in 2009.

Thirteen college students, including a foreign student, took their lives in Shanghai in 2009, more than those killed by disease and drowning.

Last year's figure has not been released yet.


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