MANILA, Philippines — Deadly selfie?
A high school student died after falling off the stairs of her school while taking selfies with her classmates, police said Thursday.
Selfie, according to Oxford Dictionaries, is a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.
The 14-year old student of Rizal High School in Pasig City sustained head injuries after her fall from a steep flight of stairs in her school, Senior Superintendent Mario Razisa of Pasig City Police said. Razisa said the victim felt dizzy and lost balance while she was taking selfies with her classmates.
He said the accident occurred 10:21 a.m. Monday, June 30.
According to him, the incident happened during class hours but the teacher was not around so the students took the opportunity to take photographs of themselves. According to the police report, the school’s security guard said the victim was rushed to the school clinic and was later transferred to a nearby hospital.
The victim, however, was declared dead on arrival.
A separate radio report said the family of the victim was in doubt of the real cause of the death of their daughter.
The report said the student sustained head injury, bruises, and a broken rib that hit her kidney.
The family urged the school administration to conduct an in-depth investigation.
Police said they were now conducting a probe on the said incident.
Pasig City, along with Makati, topped the list of the “selfiest cities in the world” according to a study by Time Magazine online released last March.