A teenage girl was driven to commit suicide after bullies shared a naked video of her on Snapchat, her family claims.
Tovanna Holton, 15, was left humiliated after girls filmed her nude in the shower and posted the short clip to Snapchat for her fellow classmates to see, her mother says.
Levon Holton-Teamer told WFLA-TV that her daughter stole her gun from her handbag, before locking herself in the bathroom and shooting herself.
She was found in a pool of blood three hours after the incident happened, the New York Post reported.
Speaking to WFLA-TV, Holton-Teamer said:
I couldn’t get in the bathroom. 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.
The mother, from Tampa, Florida, recalls the last chilling 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”, she said.
The investigation into the incident is still on-going and police are yet able prove that bullying was to blame for Tovanna’s death or if she gave consent to be filmed.
Her aunt, Angel Scott, is hopeful that he niece’s alleged bullies are convicted of a crime.
Speaking to a local news outelt, Angel Scott said: “I want them to pay, to feel what we feeling, even if their child is convicted or in trouble, they can go visit their child.”
Our thoughts are with her friends and family.
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