Children witness man's suicide attempt
9 June 2005, AMSTERDAM — Dozens of children have witnessed a man's suicide attempt at a swimming pool in the northern Dutch town of Hoogezand.
9 June 2005
AMSTERDAM — Dozens of children have witnessed a man's suicide attempt at a swimming pool in the northern Dutch town of Hoogezand.
The local town council said the 35-year-old man tried to slash his wrists on the edge of the pool on Wednesday afternoon.
A council spokesman said about 80 primary school children were in the water at the time and staff quickly got them out of the water.
Parents and staff comforted the children in the canteen. The council said the children were "pretty shaken" by the incident.
Mayor Mirjam Salet set up an information telephone line on Wednesday night because concerned parents were contacting police and the swimming pool for more information.
The council has since informed all of the town's schools about the incident.
The man disappeared after his suicide attempt, but was later arrested by police in his home in the town. He has consented to be admitted to a specialist clinic in Groningen.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news