Teen Commits Suicide After 'Racist' Selfie Sent In Private Message Leaks


A 16-year-old girl took her own life over fears a selfie would spread online and she'd be branded a "racist," an inquest learned.

Phoebe Connop, of Halesowen in the UK, told friends she was talking to an Asian man and sent a private Instagram message of herself with a scarf wrapped around her head, joking she would have to look like this to gain approval from his parents.

The inquest at Black Country Coroners Court heard her photo was shared beyond the group, and she feared, as a result, people would think she is racist.

Detective-sergeant Katherine Tomkins from West Midlands Police said,


Miss Connop died at her family home on July 7.

Black Country Coroner Zafar Siddique recorded a conclusion of suicide, adding,