Ontario university dorm evacuated after student sets himself on fire in apparent online suicide attempt

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A Ontario university student livestreamed an apparent suicide attempt online Saturday evening while 200 people watched and encouraged him on a notorious website. The 20-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries after he set his dorm room on fire.

The University of Guelph is working to remove video of the disturbing incident from a number of websites, Brenda Whiteside, vice-president of Student Affairs, told the National Post.

“We’ve been approaching each site individually,” Whiteside said. She added the university is posting a message from the school’s president on websites that are not removing the video.

Video of the incident was viewed live Saturday night but has been spread through social media and video aggregation websites.

“The university is aware that there is disturbing social media activity circulating about this incident and is urging people not to watch or distribute this hurtful material,” The University…

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