Five girls in Hanoi, who each took a handful of sleeping pills in a suicide attempt Thursday, escaped with their lives after being treated in hospital.

The girls, all aged 14-15, classmates and close friends, bought 30-40 sleeping pills and dissolved them in coffee before drinking.

Tien Phong (Pioneer) newspaper reported that some of the girls had been scolded by their families for getting poor marks last semester and felt low-spirited.

However, when asked by Thanh Nien Friday, one of them said: “We just thought after taking the pills [we would fall asleep and] wake up without remembering anything.”

Do Dieu A., Chu Ngoc A., Nguyen Anh N., Nguyen Thanh T. và Nguyen Thu T. were brought to the E Hospital at 3pm Thursday where, after getting first aid, four recovered by evening; the fifth remained unconscious until midnight.

A doctor guessed that besides the sleeping pills the girls had taken another drug which caused the fifth girl to remain unconscious for so long. She had a large quantity of dangerous substances in her stomach.

Two teachers, Hoang Tuan and Tran Thi Nga, told Thanh Nien they were shocked at the attempted suicide because they had been attending school normally until Wednesday and had showed no unusual signs.

They said all were well-behaved while one was a class monitor.

“They are intimate friends and share the same taste in clothes,” Nga said.

Tuan said: “The school management has told the teachers and students to help these girls return to school without giving them a complex.”

Reported by Thu Hong – Translated by Thu Thuy

The hell?????Actually I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often. I think Vietnaemse kids should show this to their parents. 

Saturday May 27 14:11 AEST

Five teenage Vietnamese school girls, two of them sisters, committed suicide by binding themselves together at the wrists and jumping into a river, local police said.

Pham Van Ba, chief of police investigations in Thanh Ha district, northern Hai Duong province, said the bodies of the girls, all aged 13, were found in the river on Friday tied together by red scarves.

"The bodies were discovered on Friday by local authorities, two days after their suicide," he told AFP. "It is a very serious case and the first such suicide pact in our province," he said.

The police newspaper Cong An quoted neighbours as saying the girls apparently left suicide notes with their teachers and friends in which they expressed "anger against their parents".

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Five schoolgirls in Vietnam jump to their deaths

27 May 2006
HANOI – Five Vietnamese schoolgirls, in an apparent group suicide, drowned themselves by leaping into a river with their hands tied, police said on Saturday.

The bodies of the girls, who all attended seventh grade together, were discovered in the Thai Binh River about 150 km northeast of Hanoi. Their hands had been bound together with red ribbons from school.

Police believe the girls, two of whom were twin sisters, leapt to their deaths Wednesday evening, but their bodies were not discovered until Friday.

“The families found suicide notes,” said Le Xuan Ba, chief investigator with the Thanh Ha police department in Hai Duong province. “In the notes they said they were sorry to their parents and friends.”

Some of the girls wrote that they were unhappy because their parents scolded them too often. They also mentioned that boys at school were picking on them.

“Their classmates said they were acting strangely on Wednesday,” said Ba. “They were heard saying ’This is my last day in school.’” Police said that this was the first time such an incident had ever taken place in the district.