Yet another millennial was killed this past week after she fell 100 feet while trying to snap a selfie at a dangerous location.
Fox News reported that Michelle Casey, a 22-year-old student at Oregon State University died last Sunday after she fell while taking photos with her boyfriend at Neahkahnie Mountain. Police say she stepped over a retaining wall to try and take another photo when she fell and “landed in a tree which prevented her from continuing into the ocean.” Lt. Gordon McCraw described the fall as near “vertical” which made rescue efforts extremely difficult, and it took over an hour to reach her.
Casey was still alive when rescuers were finally able to reach her, though she was unconscious. The young woman was airlifted to Emanuel Hospital in Portland, where she passed away later that night. She had just finished her sophomore year studying kinesiology at school, and since she had chosen to be an organ donor prior to her death, her organs have already saved two lives.
This comes as there has been a spike in deaths of young people who end up falling while trying to take the perfect selfie that they hope will earn them clout on social media. Last month, 22-year-old Fordham University student Sydney Monfries died after falling from a bell tower at her school while trying to take a selfie. Days later, 20-year-old Briar Cliff University student Andrea Norton also fell to her death while posing for a selfie at Hawksbill Crag in Arkansas.
These incidents are incredibly tragic, and they should serve as a reminder to young people that trying to capture a viral selfie is not worth your life. Parents everywhere need to be warning their children of the dangers of posing for selfies so that this death toll does not continue to rise. Young people always seem to think that they are invincible, but they can, unfortunately, lose their lives just like anyone else can.
Taking a popular selfie may seem like the most important thing in the world to millennials, but it’s simply not worth your safety.