Suicide by cop can take many forms. Setting oneself up for character defamation is a variant of the same.
Self-immolation, setting oneself on fire in an act of protest, can become an act of metamorphosis when seeking media attention.
What about a good old-fashioned martyr complex?
A young man builds a device which looks like an incomplete bomb, takes it to school, shows it around until it gets enough attention, and then holds a firm line.
Forty-eight hours later:
“I was profiled as a terrorist.”
Seventy-two hours later:
“This isn’t my first invention and it won’t be my last invention.”
Should journalists consider the different connotations for the word ingenuity?
English or Latin root?