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"Go on jump!"

Lean on Me - Principal Clark with Troubled Student

Description: Morgan Freeman as high school principal Joe Clark uses reverse psychology on 14-year-old Thomas Sams (Jermaine Hopkins) who threatens to jump off the roof of Eastside High School in the motion picture Lean on Me (1989).


Mr. Clark: Now let me tell you something: The trouble with being a teenager is you don't know nothing. The problem with teenagers is you think you're smarter than people who already been down the road you're traveling. You know what I'm tryin' to say to you, boy? DO YOU?
Thomas: Yes, sir.
Mr. Clark: Did you tell your father I threw you out of school? Look at me DAMN IT!
Thomas: No, sir.
Mr. Clark: Why not? No guts, huh? Afraid of what he's gonna say to you, aren't ya?
Thomas: My father doesn't live with us anymore, sir.
Mr. Clark: Oh, is that what you're doing right now? Going around, feeling sorry for yourself, boy? Huh? Go on. Get outta here! You're wasting my time!
Thomas: Please let me back in, sir. I have to get back to school. I can't go home and tell my mama I got kicked out of school.
Mr. Clark: Now why should I let you back into my school, Sams?
Thomas: 'Cause I'm gonna do better, sir.
Mr. Clark: How?
Thomas: By doin' my work.
Mr. Clark: What else?
Thomas: And stayin' out of trouble.
Mr. Clark: What have you been thinking about all this time? Why should I believe you now?
Thomas: 'Cause I've changed my ways.
Joe Clark: I don't believe you, Sams. I don't think you changed a thing. Go on, jump!
Thomas: No, I don't wanna jump!
Joe Clark: Yes, you do! You smoke crack, don't ya? You smoke crack, don't ya? LOOK AT ME, BOY! Don't you smoke crack?
Thomas: Y-yes, sir.
Joe Clark: You know what that does to you? Huh?
Thomas: No, sir.
Joe Clark: It kills your brain cells, son. It kills your brain cells! Now when you're destroying your brain cells, your doing the same thing as killing yourself. You just doing it slower! Now, I say, if you wanna kill yourself, don't fuck around with it. Go on and do it expeditiously! Now go on and jump! JUMP!

Note: In the film Rebecca (1940), jealous housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson) tries to seduce the troubled new Mrs. de Winter (Joan Fontaine) to commit suicide on the rocky coastline below by saying, “You have nothing to stay for. You have nothing to live for, really, have you? Look down there—it’s easy, isn’t it?”

In the film Lethal Weapon (1987) Mel Gibson as cop Martin Riggs invites a distraught man to jump off a building. “Do you really want to jump? Riggs taunts. “Do you want to? Well, then that’s fine with me!” Riggs then jumps off the building and drags the man along into a waiting rescue net below.

And, in the film Kuffs (1992) Christian Slater as cop George Kuffs tells a suicidal jumper, “Hey, asshole! Yes, you. Look, if you’re gonna jump, jump. Otherwise, use the bridge like everyone else. You’re screwin’ up traffic down there.”


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