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The quest for dramatic selfies causes great risks sometimes for people desperate for “likes.”

Recently, a young guy had a friend take a photo of him hanging from the Westin Tower, which is 508 feet tall: the highest building in Virginia.  The father of the person who took the picture contacted the police and the Westin, in hopes of preventing more selfies and alerting other owners of tall buildings.

These dangerous selfies have been nicknamed “killfies.”

Over 250 people worldwide died while taking selfies in the last six years, according to a new study from researchers with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, a group of public medical colleges based in New Delhi.

On a recent Saturday visit to the zoo in Litchfield Park, a woman climbed over a concrete barrier to get a selfie with a jaguar at Wildlife World Zoo in Arizona. Witness said the jaguar grabbed her with his claws, ripping her skin. The following day she apologized for not following the rules.

CHS students have taken some risky photos. Kristen Rogers, sophomore, said she’s taken a picture on the edge of Grandfather Mountain. Kirra Lee, freshman, said, she took a picture on the edge of a roof.

Maddie Thompson, junior, took a picture on the top of a lighthouse in the Outer Banks. “The wind was blowing crazy, and I almost flipped off!”