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Police stop daredevil children

SIX children under the age of nine were stopped by police from forming a three-layer human tower yesterday morning on Mohe Road, Baoshan District, Wusong frontier inspection police said today.

According to police, the children got the idea for the dangerous game after watching a TV program about Spanish gymnasts forming a human castle on Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall on Sunday.

Astonished by the performance, five elementary pupils decided to work as a team and imitate the game.

One even brought his five-year-old brother, whose mission was to stand on the top of the human tower.

Police said they stopped the children as the youngest boy was climbing on his brother's shoulder about three meters above the ground.

His face was white, eyes tightly closed and his legs were trembling as his brother egged him on to climb higher, they said.

The other children, three on the base level and two on the second layer, were also having a tough time holding on to each other, but all refused to give up until police persuaded them to climb down with the help of residents.

"We saw foreigners doing it on TV, and it didn't seem to be that difficult," said one of the children.

Police warned parents and teachers to pay more attention to their children and stop them imitating performances by skilled artists during the Shanghai World Expo.

Forming human castles is a traditional Spanish activity in the Catalan city of Valls, where artists climb onto each other's shoulders to form a tower.


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