When darkness fell, excitement kissed the crowd
And made them wild
In an atmosphere of freaky holiday
When the spotlight hit the boy
The crowd began to cheer
He flew away

from Simon & Garfunkel – Save the Life of My Child Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

In social psychology their is a principle known as suicide baiting. When people organize themselves into groups they tend to lose their inhibitions and exhibit unusually aggressive, abnormal behavior. Factors such as the time of day, the height of the ledge, temperature, and the number of people in the crowd influence the degree to which the crowd will engage in such behavior.

As Simon says, the darkness encouraged the people to ‘bait’ the jumper. An intriguing phenomenon.

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