Saturday, June 11th, 2016

Nude Snapchat made15 year-old teen commit suicide

Narada Desk | June 11, 2016 1:58 pm Print
Social media's involvement in our daily lives has become an integral part of how we project ourselves in the society. But does it get too far at times? This 15 year old was driven to commit suicide when her video taking a shower went online and in the devastation, she ended her life.

Snapchat is an application to convey your photos and videos with captions and filters for your contacts to see and as such the contacts can have an update which is more visual and interactive than general posts, tweets etc.

This 15 year-old, Tavonna Holton, became an issue of suicidal death when some bullies blackmailed her by sharing her nude snapchat video online in which she was taking a shower and it caused her so much of devastation that the teenage girl,she ended up shooting herself (told by her mother).

And all this happened when the teen was showering and her friends got a hold of her phone and filmed her to post a nude video on the social media application.

Tavonna Holton’s mother, Levon Holton-Teamer said that her daughter had secretly stolen her gun which was in her handbag and locked herself up in the bathroom in which she shot herself and put an end to her life.

“I couldn’t get in the bathroom.”, told the mother to WFLA TV.

“The bathroom light was off so I tried to get in and I looked down and I saw the puddle of blood. I tried to apply the pressure, the pressure to her head. I tried to save her.”

She spoke about the last conversation she had with her daughter: “Tovonna would say, ‘Mommy, I owe them; I owe them.’ I said, ‘What do you mean you owe them?’ I couldn’t understand what was wrong.”

And that is how things ended up for the very young girl.

Later, when her Aunt took a scroll through her facebook feeds, in a curiosity to know about something, she discovered nude images of Tavonna posted online without her permission.

Tavonna’s Aunt Angel Scott also told, “Everybody was out there talking about her and calling her names and they said it went up on social media, Snapchat. I’d never heard of that before about three-something that afternoon.”

“I want them (the bullies) to pay, to feel what we feeling, even if their child is convicted or in trouble, they can go visit their child.”

The Police are still under process with the investigation as they have not come up with anything concrete that is guiding this whole case of suicide to be related with bullying as they cannot just confirm the intention and consent of Tavonna Holton by just looking at the recording.

Tavonna’s Mom also went ahead and said to WFLA TV that Tavonna had been bullied, back in earlier days as well and believes this to be a whole plot of bullying.