At around 7 PM on Saturday night, a 4chan (an image board) user known only as Stephen announced on the 4chan boards that he planned to kill himself.
“This is it,” declared Stephen, “Tonight I will be ending my own life. I’ve spent the last hour making the preparations and I’m ready to go through with it. As an oldfag 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 on cam for you all. All I request is for you guys to link me to a site where I can stream it for you guys, then I will gladly fulfill my promise.”
Disgustingly, users of the board came to this disturbed young man’s aid in the worst way possible. Another user set up a video chat room on the Chateen streaming site where Stephen was cheered on by hundreds of idiots as he did the unthinkable.
Stephen, using the name LOLDoge (a reference to a popular 4chan meme), broadcast to the full room as more and more people clamored to get in. Stephen popped a quantity of unspecified pills, down some vodka, and set a fire in the corner of his room using a toaster. As the smoke filled the room, Stephen retreated under his bed. Stephen declared, “#imdead #omgimonfire,” from underneath his bed, “I’m fuck3d.” Users encouraged Stephen and celebrated what is obviously a severe psychological problem–after all, this was entertainment to these people. Indeed, the largest concern was getting in on the action, as users wrestled for a spot among the “lucky” 200 who watched this horrific scene unfold live.
The level of concern shown by the cretinous masses at 4chan is unbelievable:
However, it is unlikely that Stephen is dead, as the video captured firefighters entering his room and removing him. Speculation on the matter went both ways, with YourAnonNews, a Twitter account associated with Anonymous claiming he is the victim of a fire in Pittsburgh and others that he is an injured student from the University of Gueph in Ontario, Canada.
“Toaster Stephen,” as he is now known is recovering from the injuries wrought by his stupidity. One thing is for certain, though: it is unfortunate that in any country in any world…someone can choose to attempt to end his life while hundreds eagerly watch…and do nothing about it.
Let’s hope this man gets the help he obviously needs.
***UPDATE 12/2 12:15 PM***
He is alive, thankfully. The university has issued a statement on the incident:
[box type=”shadow”] Along with all members of our University community, I am saddened and shaken by a traumatic event on campus Saturday night; a fire in Dundas Hall, East Residence was deliberately set by a student in his room.
I want to assure you that the student is in stable condition in hospital, where he is receiving needed treatment and help.
Disturbing social media activity is circulating about this incident. The University of Guelph is a community committed to civility and mutual respect. Please join me in refraining from watching or distributing this hurtful material.
At the University, we are taking steps to support students and staff affected by this incident.
We met with students and residence life staff several times this weekend to answer questions, provide updates and inform people about support services.
If you or anyone you know is having difficulty with this situation, counselling services and academic advisers are available. See a list of counselling services below.
Thank you to all staff and supporting departments (Campus Community Police, Fire, Counselling Services) as well as community emergency services who have responded and supported our students and staff during this difficult incident.
I consider the University of Guelph community as a family. We pull together in times of crisis and to help those in need. Let us continue to support and strengthen one another.
The following counselling services are available on campus:
Student Counselling Services, Ext. 53244
Student Health Services, Ext. 52131
Employee Assistance Program for faculty and staff, Ext. 52133
Multi-Faith Resource Team, Ext. 52390
For an update, see the University’s homepage, www.uoguelph.ca.[/box]
Watch the entire video below.
Not TERRIBLY graphic, but remember that this is a suicide attempt.
It’s there for context, only.
Do not watch if you are easily offended.
You have been warned.