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Student Sets Himself on Fire After Online Suicide Attempt

Sorry in advance that there are not any good photos. Even the ones in this post are pixelated :(

Full story here: http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/12...icide-attempt/

A young man, believed to be an Ontario university student, live broadcast an apparent suicide attempt online while 200 people watched and encouraged him on a notorious website.

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 fuck3d.”

While some users told him to stop, many encouraged him and suggested alternative ways to take his life. The original livefeed, set up by a 4chan user on streaming site Chateen, was watched by 200 people and even more tried to view it [the maximum amount of concurrent viewers on Chateen is 200].

“Provide pics, room is full,” one user demanded.

Another user complained that “the smoke is obscuring the camera,” while others speculated on how long “Stephen” would live.

The disturbing video ends nearly 40 minutes in as firefighters enter the smoky room and remove the young man.

The University of Guelph confirmed that a 20-year-old man was taken to hospital Saturday night with serious, but not life-threatening injuriess after a fire was deliberately set by a student in his dorm room.

The university issued a statement Sunday which implied a connection to the suicide attempt.

“The University is aware that there is disturbing social media activity circulating about this incident. U of G would like to remind its community members that counselling services are always available to assist students and employees, especially during times of distress,” the university said in a statement.

The fire was reported shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday, about 90 minutes after the initial post to 4Chan.

Police continue to investigate the fire Monday. Guelph police said two of its officers and two campus police officers were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.

About 30 Guelph students were temporary relocated Saturday night due to the fire.

Under Canadian law, a person can be charged with counselling a person to commit suicide under Section 241 of the Criminal Code. A person can be found guilty whether or not the suicide takes place and can face up to 14 years in jail.

There have been previous online suicides broadcast live. In 2008, a Miami teen took his life as up to 1,500 watched. Kevin Whitrick, a British engineer, committed suicide in 2007 in a video chat room.

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Re: Student Sets Himself on Fire After Online Suicide Attempt

Obviously this is my first post and I'm a little stupid on it, but this one from the Daily Mail has some pics, nothing gore-worthy though.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ple-watch.html

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It's a very gay way to die.

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Re: Student Sets Himself on Fire After Online Suicide Attempt

I wasnt in the live stream but was lurking in the thread.

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Read about this today in a British newspaper.... saw a video too but it wasn't very clest

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Clear....even

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Gotta ask some of my friends about this, know quite a few people at guelph.

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Figured out his name and have his facebook, no mutual friends.


Everyone is calling him "toaster steve".

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Re: Student Sets Himself on Fire After Online Suicide Attempt

STEVIEEEE

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