SAN FRANCISCO–In an event that took place last Thursday, a 16 or 17-year-old (reports vary) boy jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and miraculously survived. Not only did he survive, but he came out relatively unscathed, and was even able to swim to the shore after the 200 foot plunge, according to a report in the San Francisco Examiner.
The young man in question, yet unnamed by the authorities, was on a field trip with about 40 other Windsor High School students from Sonoma County. At around 11am they were crossing the bridge. According to some students, he jumped on a dare or just for the thrill of it. The district superintendent claims it was not a suicide attempt, but more likely the result of peer pressure (see the SF Examiner article here). Once in the water, the young man swam to shore with the assistance of a surfer. According to the SF Examiner article, he was taken to the San Francisco General Hospital but suffered no serious injuries beyond “bruising and tenderness.”
What this guy some James Dean, Rebel Without a Cause-esque figure? It might be too soon to tell without his own account of the dive, but one thing is clear: he is a bad ass, and after this incident, he’s going to feel like even more of a bad ass. Most people who jump from the Golden Gate Bridge die or can never walk again, whereas this guy made it seem like he was just taking a quick dip to cool off. I suspect that even if it was a suicide attempt, he won’t feel the normal range of negative feeling, but rather a sort of “shit, I’m hard” kind of thing, while the students who egged him on – if that was the case – think oh shit, why did we do that, he could have died? and damn, he a baller.