Book Store Pulls Book from Shelves after Student Suicides

From the Times of India

A spate of suicides and attempted suicides by children in China’s biggest city at the start of the school year has prompted at least one bookseller to pull a popular cartoon book off the shelves.

The decision by Bookuu Book City in Shanghai to take Chinese-language version of the “Book of Bunny Suicides: Little Fluffy Rabbits Who Just Don’t Want to Live Anymore” — a sometimes morbid but humorous collection of cartoons showing a rabbit attempting to end his life in various bizarre ways, reflects unease and soul-searching over the pressures on Chinese students.

“We took the ‘Bunny Suicides’ cartoon books off our shelves because we’re worried that children might try to imitate some of those ways of killing themselves,” said Zhu Bin, a public relations officer for the bookseller.

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September 15, 2008 3:33 PM
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