A 19-year-old woman in Arpajon, France threw herself in front of a commuter train and died yesterday while livestreaming on Periscope. Officials in France are now investigating the incident.
“This person allegedly sent an SMS to one of her close relations, several minutes before her death, to announce her intentions,” local prosecutor Eric Lallement said in a statement. “Furthermore, she allegedly made statements to Internet users, via the Periscope application, to explain her act.”
The New York Times reports:
People watching the video chimed in with remarks — including “We’re waiting,” “Always a pleasure to see you,” “Give us a hint” and “I think it’s fun” — that generally did not appear to take the woman’s distress seriously.
At one point in the excerpts, the screen goes dark and there is no noise. About five minutes later, the voice of someone who is evidently an emergency worker can be heard, saying, “I am under the train with the victim; I need to move the victim.” The train is visible in the seconds before the video cuts out.
Sadly, this is not the first time someone has broadcast their suicide to the world. In 2010, a 21-year-old Swede named Marcus Jannes hung himself in front of his webcam after taking a large dose of painkillers. More recently, a Chinese woman allegedly documented her own suicide on Instagram after going through a breakup.
If you struggle with suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.