Girl, 15, Commits Suicide After Online Bullying
The last time Levon Holton-Teamer saw her daughter alive was when she sent her to clean her room Sunday afternoon. Minutes later, she discovered Tovonna Holton dead.
“I go to the bathroom; I couldn’t get in the bathroom,” Holton-Teamer told NBC 8. “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.”
But it was too late. The 15-year-old Florida freshman committed suicide after an nude image of her appeared on Snapchat.
Tovonna, who attended Wiregrass Ranch High in Wesley Chapel, had taken the gun from her mother’s purse. Just hours before, the teen expressed concern over a nude picture her friends had taken of her without permission.
Shortly after the girl’s death, Tovonna’s aunt posted on Facebook in search of answers. Angela Scott told the news outlet that she found out what happened after kids came forward on the social media platform.
“I just said, ‘If anybody knows anything, what happened? Have you heard of anything?,'” Scott said. “‘Do you know who these kids are who have the pictures?’ I thought it was just pictures and then the kids started inboxing me.”
Scott learned it was actually a nude video of the girl, taken while she was in the shower.
“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 3 something that afternoon,” she said.
Tovonna was dead three hours later.
Detectives with the Pasco County Sheriffs Office are investigating.
The teen’s family is now demanding justice.
“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,” Scott said.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide contact the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.