15 year old Tovanna Holton committed suicide after cyberbullies released nude footage on snapchat of her in the shower. The nude video was shared to Snapchat for her classmates to view according to the family.
Tovanna’s mother Levon Holton-Teamer informed WFLA-TV that her daughter stole a small handgun from her purse and fatally shot her self in the bathroom. Tovanna shot herself within 3 hours of the alleged snapchat incident. Tovanna locked the bathroom door in order to prevent her mother from getting into it. Tovanna’s mother reported that when she entered the bathroom she saw Tovanna laying in a pool of blood. She stated that she tried to apply pressure to her to save her life but was unsuccessful.
Tovanna’s aunt Angel Scott discovered nude images were shared with classmates on Facebook based upon a post by a close friend. Tovanna Aunt stated that kids were calling Tovanna names on Facebook and letting people know the nude video was released on Snapchat.
After searching on Facebook for clues to what pushed Tovanna over the edge, her aunt discovered that a close friend shared nude images of Tovanna with other classmates without the teen’s permission.
“I just said, ‘If anybody knows anything, what happened? Have you heard of anything? Do you know who these kids are who have the pictures?’ I thought it was just pictures and then the kids started inboxing me,” Tovonna’s aunt Angel Scott told the news station.
Tovanna’s Mother is asking the authorities to press charges against the teens responsible for posting the videos
Twitter Mourn Tovanna’s Death
We can not just sit and let this happen, tovanna holton took her own life bc her friends leak a nude video of her. pic.twitter.com/J00ecItooE
— Proud Mahomie (@BelieberSwaggah) June 10, 2016
Thinking about Tovanna, &I remembered she thought my name was Lexie, &I never had the ❤️ to correct her, so for 3 yrs she called me Lexie
— Lindsey Valenti (@Linzyv29) June 9, 2016
Rest Up Tovanna 👼 I love you pieface ,you're at peace now
— RestUpTov (@FarFromF0reign) June 6, 2016
How to Safeguard Snapchat
Kids Privacy Expert Anne Livingston discussed the need for teens to learn how to set their privacy settings in snapchat. Anne discusses why teens should ensure that their social media profiles are kept safe while visiting friends. According to Anne, peer could locate or discover passwords the provide access to social media sites.
Safeguarding private picture and videos is the first step in make sure that these tragic incidents do not happen in the future.