by Barry Burch Jr.
More than 200 people tuned into an online message board to watch a young man commit suicide. Clearly, boredom has reached new heights.
The disturbed star of the sad suicidal episode referred to himself simply as “Stephen” on an anonymous 4chan website, as reported by Mail Online. He said he was going to commit suicide and put the entire act on public display.
Users began to flood the website to not only watch, but to also assist the troubled young man in setting up a video stream for the “an hero,” which is online slang for suicide attempt, according to Mail Online.
There were 200 users (the streaming website Chateen’s limit) glued in by the time ”Stephen” washed down a handful of pills with a shot of vodka. ”Stephen” then, around 7 p.m. on Saturday, started a fire in the corner of his room before getting under his bed, where users could see him being surrounded by a cloud of smoke.
He wrote on the website which allows anonymous posts, “As an oldf*g who’s been on 4chan since 2004, I thought I would finally give back to the community in the best possible way . . . 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.”
The video, which can still be found online, shows a failed attempt, with firefighters pulling “Stephen” out of a smoky room.
Site users were on both sides of the issue. Some did nothing more than try to worsen the matter, while others offered their support in hope of changing the man’s mind.
One person wrote, “Let’s all of us use his photo as wallpaper for one week. He’s doing it.”
Another person, disappointed in missing the 200 viewer cutoff commented, “Leave someone so we can join.”
Barry is a scholar, who enjoys writing, arithmetic and politics. Reach him @ Barryburchjr@gmail.com