Selfie-related death – sounds weird doesn’t it? But it’s a real thing!
It seems that a new trend is taking the world by storm – teenagers across the world are making dangerous (and often deadly) selfies just so they could post them online and impress their followers.
The latest fatally injured victim was 19-year old Deleon Alonso Smith from Texas, as he accidentally shot himself while striking a pose for a selfie with a gun.
Deleon was supposed to start college last week, but his life was unexpectedly cut short when he decided to take a selfie with a loaded gun and post it on Instagram.
The official statement of the Houston Police Department was: “According to witness reports, the young man was convinced that the gun was empty, he was waiving it around and it accidentally went off and the bullet went through his throat. There is an ongoing investigation, but for now we are considering the shooting an accident.”
The fatal bullet went through Smiths neck.
The victim’s uncle Eric Douglas, tried to reanimate Smith, but he was unsuccessful. “This is the worst feeling in my life,” said Douglas.
Although no official data about the number of selfie-victims has been released, the numbers are definitely increasing.
In Russia there have been so many victims of deadly selfies that Russia Police Department has launched a Safe-Selfie campaign that uses simple graphics to remind citizens they shouldn’t, for example, take a selfie while hanging off a bridge. This measure was preceded by a demand that schools provide instructional classes on how to take selfies “safely”. There have been more than 10 deaths and about 100 accidents caused by lethal selfies, according to Russian news agency Tass.
Namely, a 21-year old girl died in Moscow in July this year while hanging off a bridge and trying to take a selfie in the process. She fell seconds after taking the picture and landed on a cable, which tragically electrocuted her. Another 21-year old girl injured herself badly while trying to take a picture with a gun loaded with 9mm rubber bullets that she borrowed from a security officer. More stories from Russia – two Russian men blew themselves up while posing with a live grenade and another teen was killed while trying to climb a railway bridge.
There are many more examples of these types of injuries, fatal and not-fatal.
In May 2015, an 18-year old Romanian girl was tragically killed while posing on the roof of a train and trying to take the “coveted perfect selfie”. Her feet touched the electrified cables and 27,000 volts killed her on the spot.
In July this year, a man from San Diego ended up in the hospital while trying to take a selfie with a rattle snake.
Selfies are still as popular as ever, and they are definitely here to stay, however more caution must be taken. A billion likes on social media doesn’t come close to the value of one’s life. The trend must be stopped as the number of teenagers striking lethal poses is on the rise. Of course we cannot ban selfies altogether, but at least we could educate our children, thus making them think twice whether taking dangerous selfies is worth the likes.