ATLANTA — The partitions and décor of sixteen-yr-previous Nadia’s room appeared like that of another highschool teenager. Her actual identify just isn’t Nadia; we’re preserving her id hidden on the request of her household, out of respect for her reminiscence and their privateness.
A stupendous portray coated the wall alongside the size of her mattress; the bookshelf was adorned with books, knickknacks and childhood pictures. Close to a full-size mirror, current paintings confirmed a printed photograph of a blue whale overlaying a hand-painted background.
This woman was a gifted artist, sister, daughter and pal. No one who knew her suspected that she would take her personal life one early morning in Might. No one who knew her might have anticipated what they might discover after her dying.
Virtually instantly, her devastated older brother, Marty, began going by means of her issues to search for indicators. He observed an uncommon sample amongst drawings and journal entries, together with a small sketch of a woman with a reputation beneath it in Russian.
An web search of the identify turned up the story of Rina Palenkova, a 17-yr-previous woman who posted a “goodbye” selfie moments earlier than committing suicide in Russia in November 2015. The photograph went viral on the Russian social media website VK.com, and the eye from her demise led to the invention of her supposed involvement with one thing on-line referred to as Blue Whale.
Persevering with to analysis, Marty remembered the image of the blue whale taped subsequent to the mirror in his sister’s room. He appeared by means of her sketches and located pages of whale drawings and journal cutouts with the phrases “I Am a Blue Whale” pasted over them, accompanied by drawings indicating self-hurt, suicidal statements with phrases of goodbye and a number of entries written in Russian.
Marty stated the invention startled him. “None of us knew concerning the Blue Whale recreation. I spend numerous time on-line and hadn’t come throughout it till it occurred.”
What’s Blue Whale?
As Nadia’s household researched the Blue Whale connection, they found what seemed to be a web-based suicide problem that reportedly started in Russia two years in the past. Since then, suicides suspected to have been impressed by Blue Whale have been reported in elements of central Asia, Europe and South America; Nadia’s suicide seems to be the primary in the USA influenced by the idea. The Washington Publish reported about one other teen suicide in Texas that occurred in early July and is suspected to be linked to Blue Whale.
The “recreation” is…