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Cyberbullied Tin Shui Wai teen live streams her suicide

Cyberbullied Tin Shui Wai teen live streams her suicide

An 18-year-old girl jumped to her death in Tin Shui Wai and live-streamed the incident online on Tuesday afternoon after she was bullied by netizens on Weibo.
Police received a report from the security guard of Tin Yat Estate around 5pm Tuesday that a girl was found lying on the ground opposite the parking lot; it was suspected she fell from height.

Officers arrived and pronounced the girl dead at the scene. Officers later identified the 18-year-old girl surnamed Lui. It was understood that she had had autism since she was little.

The horrifying incident was live-streamed on mainland video platform Bilibili, showing Lui wearing a pink dress and black shoes and standing on the rooftop’s edge before jumping off. The phone’s camera also captured the blue skies surrounded by tall buildings in the final moments.

It was understood that Lui went by the name “Yinai” and joined a Weibo anime forum, where she was teased by the bullies online.

One of the lead bullies worsened the online attack, accusing Lui of being a “princess” after finding that she lived in Tin Shui Wai and her family hired a domestic helper. The situation improved slightly after other netizens pointed out that Lui lived in public rental housing, and it was common for Hong Kong families to hire domestic helpers.

The bullies continued teasing Lui after the news of her suicide was confirmed, which sparked heated arguments online. Some of the bullies have now deleted their Weibo user accounts, while others have issued their apologies on Weibo.

One of Lui’s friends posted on Weibo that the victim’s mother has reported to the police and will file a lawsuit after collecting sufficient evidence.

Lui’s friend also rejected help offered by kind mainland netizens and said Weibo is not a court of law after all. She and Lui’s mother will patiently wait for the police’s investigation results and the court’s final ruling.

If you or someone you know are having suicidal thoughts, help is available. Below is a list of 24-hour hotlines that ensure people can get help in time:

The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong: 2389 2222

The Samaritans: 2896 0000

Suicide Prevention Services: 2382 0000

Richmond Fellowship of Hong Kong – Justone: 3512 2626

Caritas Family Crisis Support Centre: 18288

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