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A Matter Of Opinion

Fri., July 27, 2007, 11:43 a.m.

Q: How Would You React to this Inconvenience?

Colin Mulvaney/Spokesman-Review

Emergency personnel talk to a suicidal man who has been perched on the railing of the Monroe Street Bridge since about 7 o'clock last night. Firefighter-paramedics are standing by, and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office’s dive team also is on the scene. Traffic has been rerouted around the scene. Story here.

Another issue is dealing with onlookers. Some people driving by have shouted things at the man as he perches on the edge of the bridge. Promoting suicide by screaming at someone to jump is a crime, said Bartlett. So far no one has been charged with it at this scene.

Question: How would you react if you were inconvenienced by a road closure as a result of a distraught person threatening suicide?

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