Friday 28 October 2016

Russian schoolgirl (12) falls to her death after posing for selfie on balcony

Catherine Devine

Published 17/10/2016 | 16:31

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A Russian schoolgirl has died after posing to take a selfie on the ledge of a 17th floor balcony.

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The 12-year-old, named as Oksana, sent a photograph to her friend from the dangerous position a moment before she fell to her death, local media reports.

The tragedy happened in the city of Perm in Russia.

The girl told her mum she was going for a walk and went up to the 17th floor of her block of flats where she took a selfie standing over the rails of the balcony.

According to reports, a friend noticed that the picture seemed to be particularly dangerous and had then tried to call Oksana.

When she could not reach her, she sent the picture to her mum.

Her body was found by a passer-by who notified the police.

Police believe the schoolgirl lost her balance while sitting on the handrail and fell.

Oskana's uncle posted on social media: "She was such a friendly girl. She was a good pupil, she had no problems at school. She took dance classes and English classes.

"She had so much to live for and now she has lost her life to the craze of looking to do extreme selfies for social media. There can be no other reason why she climbed over the damned handrail."

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