Disturbed Student Plans, Attempts Online Suicide
A 20-YR.-OLD UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH (Ontario) student is in serious but stable condition following a suicide attempt by fire Saturday evening. The unidentified man who called himself "Stephen" carefully planned, announced, then carried through his attempt while live-streaming himself via a notorious website where bizarre actions are often carried out.
The National Post (Canada) reports:
A 20-year-old, identifying himself as “Stephen” on the frequently controversial 4Chan messageboard, said he was planning on committing suicide and wanted to live broadcast the event for fellow members.
“This is it. Tonight I will be ending my own life. I’ve been spending the last hour making the preparations and I’m ready to go through with it. As [a longtime member] who’s been on 4chan since 2004, I thought I would finally give back to the community in the best way possible: I am willing to an hero [commit suicide] on cam for you all. All that I request is for you guys to link me to a site where I am able to stream it for you guys, then I will gladly fulfill my promise,” “Stephen” wrote Saturday evening.
In the video, which is still available online, “Stephen” swallowed unidentified pills with vodka and later set a fire in the room, as he crawled underneath his blankets. He updated his feed several times saying: “#imdead #omgimonfire” and “I’m fxxxxxxd.”
The fire department received the alarm at 7:40 pm, about 90 minutes after he began his chatroom postings. Four police officers that were first on the scene had to be treated for smoke inhalation following their attempts to reach the victim. Firefighters quickly got into the room and pulled him out, then he was transported.
About 30 Guelph students have been displaced from their dorm rooms as a result of the fire, but there were no other reported injuries.
The National Post has an extensive article that documents the event and the actions being taken by the university to overcome the emotional tragedy on campus. Read it here: http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/12/02/ontario-university-dorm-evacuated-after-student-sets-himself-on-fire-in-apparent-online-suicide-attempt/ .
The video is unquestionably graphic and YouTube requires you to log in before you can view it, if you choose. It runs about 40 minutes and ends as the firefighters are taking the victim out of the room.
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