Calls come from as far as Israel after New York teen fakes suicide online

Calls come from as far a

October 23, 2009 10:26


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A 17-year-old boy in western New York has been charged with a misdemeanor after police said he put ketchup on his arms and faked his suicide on a live video Web site. State police said troopers got several calls Tuesday night about a young man broadcasting a suicide attempt over the Internet. Capt. Steven Nitrelli said the calls came from as far away as Israel, where the Web site is hosted. Nitrelli said police traced the computer address to a home in the Buffalo suburb of Clarence. He said the teen had admitted the hoax and insisted it was just a joke. The teen has been charged with one third-degree count of falsely reporting an incident. He is to return to town court October 29. Police withheld his name because of his age.

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