All in a day's work
It's been a long while since I posted but i thought I should pen this down…
So one day last week, we were notified that a team member had found a suicide note scribbled on one of the memo pad in store.
A chilling note that said that she would be "commiting suicide today, goodnight world", signed off with a name and a school name.
This note was discovered just about 530pm.
We panicked and quickly called SOS, whom very disappointingly told us that we would need to call the police instead
(Sorry, but am I the only one who is mistaken about the SOS hotline?)
So we quickly called the police who said that they will send someone down to the site.
We panicked somemore and started hunting down the school's number and was thrilled when we managed to find a contact number!
Rang them, managed to speak to someone and was momentarily relieved.
The lady who picked up the call texted me moments later to tell me that there was no such student with this name in the school.
I panicked for a bit more and threw all sorts of questions:
Are you sure?
Maybe this person goes by the Chinese name?
Can you check again?
How about the primary / secondary school?
Then she revealed that there was no affiliation between the primary and secondary school and she did not have the other school contact details!
We (Ok, maybe me) panicked somemore and tried ringing MOE.
I was so worried that we might be a step too late in preventing a tragedy from happening.
But got redirected to the answering machine cos I was minutes too late!
Thankfully I managed to hunt down the alumni contact details and got someone! And also decided to spam my relatives who worked in MOE.
Within minutes, the messaged was passed on and the principal got news of this. And within an hour, they managed to track the girl down!
And she was safe and sound!
At home with her mum!
The principal had given me a call to inform me of the news and to thank me for alerting the school.
This news brought instant relief as I was so so worried that we might be too late. And it didn't help that PSLE results were also due to be released that week!
Coincidentally or not, the girl was a P6 student as well. But the message was apparently a prank (maybe by a friend, but the school will investigate)
There was just so much emotions in that short 2 hour span! Of panic, anxiety, stress and of course relief at the end of it all!
Definitely a memorable experience, but once is enough.