Ontario university dorm evacuated after student sets himself on fire in apparent online suicide 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.
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. (Screenshot/Liveleak)