A 19-Year-Old Broadcasted Her Suicide Live On Periscope
She allegedly texted a close relative minutes before stepping in front of a train.
BY TESS KOMAN | May 12, 2016 | Culture
Police are investigating after a distressed 19-year-old recorded herself on Periscope stepping in front of a commuter train about 25 miles south of Paris, the New York Times reports. Her name has not been released.
Local prosecutor Eric Lallement told the Times in a statement: "This person allegedly sent an SMS to one of her close relations, several minutes before her death, to announce her intentions. Furthermore, she allegedly made statements to Internet users, via the Periscope application, to explain her act." The broadcast has since been removed from Periscope, but there are several YouTube videos (with the suicide removed) that seem to be from the same broadcast.
According to Le Point, the woman called herself a victim of rape in her final video and allegedly named her rapist as well. She also allegedly explained she was not live-streaming her suicide for the "buzz," but to "open people's minds." While people watched on Periscope, they did not seem to take her promise of suicide seriously, commenting, "We're waiting," and, "Give us a hint," as she stood by train tracks.
The Local reports police were alerted to the suicide by someone watching the live-stream. Though Periscope's guidelines state the app "is intended to be open and safe," there has been a rise in graphic content broadcasted. Just last month, two men filmed themselves beating up a drunk man outside a French nightclub, and an Ohio 18-year-old allegedly filmed her friend being raped.