Kenya po­lice probe so­cial me­dia sui­cide game

Cape Breton Post - - World -

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case of a teenager who ap­par­ently was in­flu­enced to kill him­self through a so­cial me­dia sui­cide chal­lenge.

Nairobi po­lice boss Japheth Koome said Mon­day that of­fi­cers last week found the body of 16 year-old Jamie Njenga hang­ing from the bal­cony of the fam­ily house. Koome said no sui­cide note found but there was in­for­ma­tion that Njenga was in­flu­enced by an on­line game.

Njenga’s grand­mother Waithera Njenga said her grand­son told her he was play­ing a game that was ask­ing him to mu­ti­late him­self. There are re­ports from Rus­sia and Brazil of teenagers en­gag­ing in a so­cial me­dia chal­lenge that in­cludes self-mu­ti­la­tion and which has an ul­ti­mate chal­lenge of sui­cide.

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