The China Post news staff
TAIPEI, Taiwan–A 19-year-old student of National Taiwan University (NTU, 台大), surnamed Hsieh, almost choked to death while he pretended to commit suicide as part of a camp activity on Wednesday, according to local media.
The police are currently investigating the cause of the incident.
Hsieh was attending a five-day camp on campus, where he was assigned to play a character role at a garden pavilion near the Life Science Building on campus.
According to the police, the game consisted of eleven “levels,” which players have to pass in order to win. College freshmen acted as the main characters in each level, performing scripted scenes in front of the players — 144 high school participants of the camp. At around 8 p.m., Hsieh pretended to commit suicide with a noose — a scene in the script. However, he almost choked himself in the process and passed out. Other camp participants brought him down and found that he had no heartbeat and was no longer breathing. The students sent him to National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH, 台大醫院) immediately, reported local media.
Hsieh has resumed breathing, but is still unconscious as of press time.
Hsieh’s family members were seen in the emergency room, hands crossed in prayer.