Florida Teen Shoots Himself in Head to Wake Up From Bad Shroom Trip

Stephen Tilbury, 17, of DeLand, Florida, had a really, really bad 'shroom trip. How bad? He decided that shooting himself directly in the forehead would be a better option than carrying on with the experience. Granted, no 'shroom trip is really worth the possibility of death, but that just goes to show you how messed up the guy was. Thankfully, he survived.

According to The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Tilbury and some friend ate some 'shrooms and then made some magic mushroom-infused tea on Tuesday night. After a while, his friends went home and Tilbury fell asleep.

The effects apparently intensified during his slumber, and when he woke up he wasn't actually sure he was awake and thought he was still dreaming.

"Tilbury said he woke up and it felt like it wasn't real," reads the police report.

"Tilbury said he thought if he shot himself he would wake up from the bad dream."

How does one go form pinching themselves to make sure they're not dreaming to shooting themselves? Oh, right, 'shrooms.

Tilbury was, however, able to walk to his parent's room, grab their .22-caliber rifle, walk down to his room, lay down, point it at his forehead, remove the safety, and the pull the trigger.

"He said after he shot himself he didn't wake up from the bad dream," reads the report.

Amazingly the bullet wound to the head did not prevent him from cleaning up the blood from his carpet, wrapping a bandage around his head, and asking a random man outside to take him to the hospital. When asked if he wanted to kill himself, Tilbury answered, "No, I just wanted to wake up from the bad nightmare. I am happy and I love my life."

So just remember guys: Don't do 'shrooms. If you do do 'shrooms, make sure you're with people you trust won't let you shoot yourself. And, even if you're convinced you're in a dream, never shoot yourself in the head.

[News-Journal: Deputies: Teen eats mushrooms, shoots himself in forehead]

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >