Teen Makes Phony Suicide Threat to Blizzard Rep, Gets Arrested

A 17-year-old Ohio gamer found himself in hot water after he allegedly threatened to commit suicide while talking to a Blizzard rep about an online game (presumably, World of Warcraft).

The Middletown Journal reports:

The teen was having an online conversation with a representative of Blizzard Entertainment, an online video game company, when he typed that "he was suicidal and that the game is the only thing he has to live for," according to the report.

The company representative called 911.

The juvenile told police it was a joke "to try to get what he wanted for the game," according to the report. He was then handcuffed and placed in a patrol car.

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  1. pauls says:

    Loss of WoW privileges for a year is the least of what he needs first off i’m sure the judge if he went to court will give him some kind of conditional sentence like no computer for a year not just WoW a little psychiatric counseling and i would hope Blizzard would ban him for life that is not the type of customer you want to have. I can’t imagine what would happen if the kid wanted to buy wow gold and didn’t get what he wanted. This reminds me of the video of the German kid playing CS and smashing his keyboard.

  2. BobbyJ says:

    I assume that this teen was so occupied by the game he’s playing, but even though that’s the case, he shouldn’t be doing such scandal or making such alarming statement. This is so childish, a 17-year old should act his age. Maybe he’s having a hard time farming wow gold, if that is his problem, he should buy a cheap wow gold to feed his insanity.

  3. BrandonL337 says:



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  4. zel says:

    I think you missed the bus, the police ARE a crisis response group and he got arrested for wasting the police’s time with false suicide threats. This kid was not ‘asking for help’. He admitted he was just using the suicide card to convince the game-support-group to give him something he wanted. Thats why most people here are thinking the kid is an idiot for wasting tax money, not blizzard.

    So tell me again who should have been called?

    What other group is available nationwide to run over, sirens blazing with authority to run red lights, break speed limits and break down a door if necessary to check and see if someone was in fact trying to kill themselves? The police… you could say ambulance but the problem with that idea is police can usually get there faster considering they’re in patrol cars and not huge mobile emergency rooms.


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  5. JoshuaOrrizonte says:

    Good on Blizzard for calling 911, and good on the cops for arresting the kid.

    Suicide is serious. There are too many people in the world who buy into the BS that people who are suicidal won’t threaten it. It’s not a tool to get what you want and idiots like this kid are the reason people think that people who are suicidal are "just manipulative."

    Hopefully the cops will be able to get the kid into some counseling to figure out why he feels the need to make such dire statements when he doesn’t mean them. 😐

  6. GrimCW says:

    ahh gamefaqs… deleted my message twice once without telling me why outside a VERY obscure rule quote.

    i thought i had correct the issue and reposted only to find out it was something entirely differant and i got "suspended"

    their mods are dumb as rocks and whoever programmed their forums should fix it. Mods should be able to edit posts, not just delete them.

  7. GrimCW says:

    suicide is considered illegal (a bit ironic IMHO, they should just let’em go if they wanna go if ya ask me), and since it was fake, its considered the same as calling the police on a false death threat

    not sure the actual charges.

  8. Wolvenmoon says:

    That’s a great way to respond to a teenager that doesn’t know how to ask for help any other way, have them arrested.

    Way to effing spend our tax dollars efficiently on the police’s part. They could have called in one of the many crisis response groups, but nope, go and eff the kid up for life by traumatizing him.

  9. Alex says:

    Oh, I’m not saying they didn’t do the right thing. I’m just saying they’ve done it before. I agree that they did do the right thing, and I hope this guy gets sentenced to mandatory counseling like one of the other guys I heard about that pulled the same stunt.

    I’m not under the affluence of incohol as some thinkle peep I am. I’m not half as thunk as you might drink. I fool so feelish I don’t know who is me, and the drunker I stand here, the longer I get.

  10. Austin_Lewis says:

    That’s because when someone threatens suicide over the phone or on your forums or in an email and you don’t say anything about it, you’re liable if they actually kill themselves.  I had a friend who, for some volunteer work, used to man the suicide hotline, and she would actually email me while doing it.  A lot of the people who called in didn’t even have suicidal thoughts, they just wanted a captive audience (suicide hotline can’t hang-up on ANYBODY, no matter what they’re saying), and they got it because the group running the hotline knew that you have to take every one of them seriously, even if that means the people working for you are going to be stuck listening to some obnoxious kid talk about their first gay sexual experience or something else no one caes to hear about.

    Blizzard and their people did the absolute right thing, and I’m glad the kid got arrested for wasting police time or whatever else he had done. 

  11. Neo_DrKefka says:

    Gamefaqs will do the same only problem gamefaqs refuses to call the police on people who claim or admit they are going to burn down churches or abuse children sexually. In fact they often ban people who complain against them.

    Anyone see the News report on the kid who burnt down a church well bragging he was going to do it? SailorBacon found those who called the police and the news station and had them all perma banned seeing his leftist policies say otherwise.

    Oh you remember Ben Owsby and Shawn Hornbeck? Well the man who molested them was an avid FFXI player and him and user Klaive would brag about there stories with children and nothing happened

  12. Alex says:

    He’s not the first person I’ve heard of this happening to. Blizzard takes suicide threats seriously, I’ve heard at least four or five different stories of people having the cops called on them when they made a bogus or joking suicide threat to a Blizzard employee or on the Blizzard forums.

    I’m not under the affluence of incohol as some thinkle peep I am. I’m not half as thunk as you might drink. I fool so feelish I don’t know who is me, and the drunker I stand here, the longer I get.

  13. ZippyDSMlee says:

    Its a good thing thigns worked out but my head still screams "PC nation PC nation alert alert PC police"…..

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  14. urutapu says:

    I like the snappy tone of the quote. "The juvenile told police it was a joke ‘to try to get what he wanted for the game,’ according to the report. He was then handcuffed and placed in a patrol car."

    That’s just what happens. Suicide threats are usually taken seriously. There’s free speech, then there’s shouting "fire" in a crowded theater.

  15. Cavalier says:

    Yes, yes you can, because what’s happened is you’ve generated a false police report by your actions, wasting time and taxpayer dollars.  As I recall, it’s "misuse of emergency services" or the like.  It’ll be a misdemeanor and a fine, most likely, unless there was something egregious involved.

    If he were even half-serious, he’d probably also be in for an evening in the rubber room, though that’s harder to arrange by your own stupidity than you’d think.

    Call it a life lesson for an overdramatic teenager.  If he’s a lucky boy, they’ll even throw it in his juvie file, since he’s not 18 yet.

  16. zippy says:

    You can get arrested for that? O_O That may be a little harsh, but he sure does deserve it…he may have cost someone getting help when they give a REAL suicide threat!

  17. I_Kerotan_I says:

    The editors on wikipedia get these quite often, however the rule of thumb is to threats seriously, up to a point, and locate the where abouts of the person and the contactng of local police force, one example is where someone edited am article on a school saying that there was going to be a shooting, along with a list of victims.

    What can I say?

    The internet is serious business.

  18. hellfire7885 says:

    It’s idiots like these that destroy the rep of ANY community that hasn’t been fully accepted into society.

  19. CaptainZM says:

    Knowing WoW players in general, it was probably something along the lines of..

    "If Mage DPS isnt nerfed I’ll kill myself"

    Or Buff Locks. Either or.

  20. SeanB says:

    I used to do CS work for Sony’s Everquest. Only had one suicide report. Wasn’t fun. I don’t even know what the result of it was, due to laws n such.


    This kid deserves a swift kick, and the loss of his WOW privledges for a year.

  21. Calling All Humans says:

    Everyone be afraid….be very afraid…. Just say no to drugs or this will happen to you!!

  22. Alex says:

    I’d imagine Blizzard made the call for the same reason. I’d also imagine that making a false suicide threat and wasting police time is something you can be arrested for. I’m no lawyer though.

    I’m not under the affluence of incohol as some thinkle peep I am. I’m not half as thunk as you might drink. I fool so feelish I don’t know who is me, and the drunker I stand here, the longer I get.

  23. Bennett Beeny says:

    I agree – something doesn’t seem right, because the police should STILL treat it as a potential suicide or a cry for help.  Like you say, we don’t know what the full story is, and the police may have accurately determined that this was a crank call.  BUT, in terms of member responses here, people should be aware that potentially suicidal people may prefer to pretend that they were making an idle threat, rather than admit that they are indeed suicidal.  It’s not as simple as people might assume.

  24. Stoli says:

    This doesn’t sound *quite* right.

    At my time at Nintendo, we’d occasionally get people on the forums/chat rooms threatening suicide. While we did contact the authorities, it was to make sure the person was okay and not actually going to commit suicide. Granted, I don’t know how the follow-ups went…

  25. zel says:

    You prolly missed the part where the kid immediately admitted to the cops he was joking and was doing it only to try to convince the reps to give him what he wanted. Not a whole lot of invetigation needed there…..


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  26. Alex says:

    Just because someone was arrested doesn’t mean they’re not going through things that might be good for them if they were really suicidal.

    I remember one poster complaining that he made a fake suicide threat to a GM, the cops showed up at his door, and he ended up being forced to attend counseling sessions he (said he) didn’t need.

    I’m not under the affluence of incohol as some thinkle peep I am. I’m not half as thunk as you might drink. I fool so feelish I don’t know who is me, and the drunker I stand here, the longer I get.

  27. Hevach says:

    Sad thing is, he’s probably one of the mouthbreathers/facerollers/keyboard turners/whatever other WoW-themed slanders there are that want buffs to death knight DPS or want shoul shards to stack, or think that priests can’t heal, or can’t wrap their mind around affliction rotations.

    The people with valid concerns usually don’t threaten to go play Warhammer Online, protest at Blizzcon, or burn down one of Blizzard’s buildings. Somehow this doesn’t seem all that different to me.

  28. DeepThorn says:

    I made a legal threat like that to UPS lately on if a package was damaged by waving the signature on a $700 item the guy left in the 0 degree temperature.  Luckily for them, it wasn’t damaged, but they would have been at fault, and I would have owned their asses for it for much more because I needed it for a project worth much more money.

    Just because the lazy ass UPS guy couldn’t walk up the damn stairs 2 days later when I would be home, which their policy says they will give it 3 tries then return it to sender.

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  29. Joseph4th says:

    I briefly worked at other online companies who also have a strict policy on suicide or real life violence threats.  Any of that happened in game, they reported it to a supervisor who would look up their account information and call that area’s police.

    Here is another no-no btw. One online game I worked for told their customer service reps that if a customer threated legal action, they were to give them the companies legal contact information and stop discussing the issue.  Great way to screw yourself out of getting ingame help.

    Bascially, they all make sure their legal butt is covered with these things and you shouldn’t joke around because they arn’t.

  30. nightwng2000 says:

    Trust me, kid, when I say that I am well aware that REAL suicide is no joke.  I’ve been suicidal since conception and have even tried, and obviously failed, numerous times myself.

    Also trust me when I say you are being generous when you call this kid a "brat".  Plain and simple stupid is what this kid did.  A REAL Dumbass.

    Much like that idiot who wrote a certain ex-attorney some time back and, even though it was clear they were being sarcastic and not serious, asked the ex-attorney how to obtain weapons so they could do a school shooting.

    Dumbasses like that deserve the trouble the land in.


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  31. -Jes- says:

    Suicide is no joke.


    This.. Brat.. of a kid is reaping what he sowed.

    That is, trouble on his own dumb self.

  32. hellfire7885 says:

    *shakes his head* What some will do to get everything for nothing.

    More laying the foundation for suicide reports to be taken less seriously

  33. Zen says:

    And sadly this is why some people won’t take suicide threats seriously.  So many people joking about it that the few real ones just get thru the cracks.  Glad he got called on it.  And gratz to the rep for making the call.  Real or not…at least he was willing to try and help somehow.

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