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Teenager commits suicide live online while 1,500 people watch video stream

A teenager committed suicide in front a live webcam as 1,500 people
watching online egged him on.

Abraham Biggs, 19, told users on a bodybuilding forum he would be
committing suicide that night and invited them to watch the live video.

Forum moderators allegedly ignored the post - assuming it was a prank -
while other users posted insults and even encouraged him.

The teen used the 'lifecasting' website Justin.tv - designed to let users
share the minutiae of their everyday lives - to stream footage from his
bedroom.

Biggs was seen taking pills before lying on the bed with his back to the
camera.

Users claim they only realised it was serious a few hours later when they
saw he wasn't breathing.

Moderators then traced Biggs's location and informed authorities.

The webcam was still streaming live footage of the teen's body as police
entered the room.

more... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/wor...e-online-1-500-people-watch-video-stream.html
 
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This was a serious cry for help and it was ignored, which is why all suicide threats should be taken seriously from the moment they are spoken/written. This kid could have been helped and instead an entire community looked on and did nothing.

This isn't entirely unheard of, though; many people don't feel as though they can/should do anything. There was a video of an LEO I saw whom got into a fight with a drugged-up guy, and it wasn't until he literally told onlookers "If you'd like to help me, now would be a great time" that anyone stepped forward.

That the forum moderators let that slip is saddening, and I do believe they will be kicking themselves for that for years to come.
 

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How sad. They only took it seriously after a few hours. Even if it were nothing, they should have started looking for him immediately. Hind sight is 20/20.
 
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