Tumbles the Stairdragon

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Tumbles the Stairdragon is the name given by certain members of the furry fandom to a furry[who?] who tried to commit suicide at Furry Weekend Atlanta 2007 after being ejected from an furry convention room party.

Incident[edit]

In February 18, 2007, at 01:00 AM, the furry in question was ejected from a LOLFurries room party at FWA for harassing other members and being heavily inebriated:

   
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[He] kept pestering people to smoke pot with him, and any time we went to take a walk he would just follow us trying to get us to take us with him until finally we found a clever way to ditch him and Jen told him not to come back to our party. --Anjel Kitty
   
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After being ejected from numerous parties,[citation needed] the person in question moved to the outdoor area behind the convention space, mumbling and apparently angry, with nobody approaching him.[citation needed]

At first, he reportedly tried to slit his throat with the broken lens from a pair of sunglasses.[citation needed] He threw himself down the cement stairs adjacent to the hotel's smoking area, getting stuck in the railings halfway down. Several people were present, including 40oz Hyena and Icono of LOLFurries, to witness the actual event.

At this time, the con-attendees were moved inside, and he was not moved for fear of a head/neck injury. An ambulance and the police were called, and convention areas were shut down[citation needed] until the situation was dealt with and the police conferred with the witnesses of the event. He initially resisted arrest, but was quickly subdued due to his state.[clarify][citation needed]

Aftermath[edit]

Word spread rapidly online, and within days the character/meme Tumbles the Stairdragon was born.

A dragon was chosen to depict him, despite the furry's husky fursona,[citation needed] partly due to the stereotype that dragons are more prone to mental instability,[clarify] and partly because he had been described as a scalie.[who?] Several illustrations of the character were created.[1][2]

2 reportedly quipped that it would have been funnier if he had done it on the escalators,[2] while Nothingkat chided the fandom for their callous response.}}

The following year people[who?] were surprised that the same person attended the con again. Most of the surprise was over the rumor that he had been banned from FWA, the Sheraton, or both.[citation needed] In an effort to try to make amends, he approached several furries he'd met in '07, and apologized for his behavior the previous year, stating that:

   
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I lose control when I drink too much, and I'm sorry for the way I acted and the things I said. I made an ass of myself before and this year I'm not drinking at all.[citation needed]
   
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and that all he wanted was "to put the whole business behind him".

References[edit]

  1. NO DIVING DOWN THE STAIRS PLZ post by RojAdrik. Dated February 19, 2007. Retrieved ?.
  2. 2.0 2.1 *sunglasses wristslit* post by Lyenuv. Dated February 22, 2007. Retrieved ?.