May 27, 2016 02:54 PM EDT
A series of dramatic photos showing kids putting their lives on the line by climbing a 2,625-foot bamboo ladder to and from school forced embarassed officials in western China to propose a quick remedy on Friday: a set of stairs.
The 15 children ages 6-15 climb up the cliffside ladder to return home from the boarding school every two weeks. It's their only way to get home.
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