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Shamefaced student web hit

A GUILT-RIDDEN student's apology on his college bulletin board, after he hit a pedestrian with his bicycle and didn't stop, has led to renewed debate on whether Chinese society is becoming more selfish.

Bao Shiwei, a first-year student from Henan Province, wrote that he hit another student by accident, but as traffic was busy he didn't stop and left without even saying "sorry."

"After that, I felt rather ashamed of myself," he said in the posting earlier this week. "I just want to say 'sorry' to him, and want to know whether he was hurt. And if he was, I would like to take responsibility."

Bao left his cellphone number and instant messaging contact in the post.

At a time when Chinese people are conducting some soul-searching over high-profile tragedies linked to the apparent indifference of others, Bao's posting has become a hot topic online.

Some students were touched by Bao's sense of responsibility. "People nowadays are afraid to shoulder responsibility," said a student named Liu Wen.

"They try their best to evade what they need to face or shoulder, and so I admire his courage."

On, China's biggest online social platform, microbloggers admitted that Bao's honesty is "rather rare" these days.

However, other people said Bao should also learn a lesson.

"It's good of him to apologize, but next time he should say 'sorry' when the incident happens," said a web user using the name "danese" on

By yesterday afternoon, the pedestrian hit by Bao hadn't come forward.

"Maybe he wasn't hurt, but I still want to apologize in person," said Bao.

Indifference in society hit the headlines this month when a two-year-old girl in southern China's Guangdong Province died after she was twice run over and ignored by 18 passers-by as she lay badly injured.


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