Teen Climbs 130ft Pylon After Dad Says No To New Phone

Story By: Buli Liang, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report

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This is the terrifying moment a 14-year-old boy climbs a 130-foot electricity pylon in protest after his dad refused to buy him a new phone to fuel his gaming addiction.

The 14-year-old boy, who has not been named, was seen 30 metres (100 feet) up the steel structure by the time police arrived.

The pylon is located in a construction site in Luzhou’s Longmatan District in south-western China, and the teenager reportedly climbed it in a bid to force his father’s hand.

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Authorities concerned about the boy tumbling off the 40-metre (130-foot) structure called in the fire service who set up inflatable cushions below.

With an ambulance crew on standby, the police began urging the teenage to climb back down, but he initially refused their help.

He reportedly said: “I don’t want to live any more!”

However, after an hour, and with the boy’s family having now arrived at the scene, he eventually climbed back down again.

His family revealed that he is addicted to online mobile phone games and has even quit school as a result.

Luo Qingdong, deputy head of the Lianhuachi Police Station, said: “He wanted a new phone from his dad costing about 3,000 RMB (345 GBP), but his request was denied.

“I think in the end he was probably exhausted and afraid, so he climbed down for his own safety.”

The boy did not reveal what model phone he wanted from his dad, who is a migrant worker usually living in Kunming, capital of neighbouring Yunnan Province.

Buli Liang

I am a freelance stringer and journalist based in China.

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