Another teen has comitted suicide while going live on Facebook. Nakia Venant, 14, hanged herself with a scarf in the home of her foster family while broadcasting on social media.
According to The Miami Herald, the Florida Department of Children & Families is now investigating the situation but they're offering few details to the public.
“We are absolutely horrified and devastated by the news of this young girl's death,” said DCF Secretary Mike Carroll. “We will do everything we can to support this family and all those who cared for her as they begin to heal from this tragedy. We will conduct a comprehensive, multidisciplinary special review to examine this child’s history and the circumstances related to serving the child.”
A friend who had watched the livestream called police in an attempt to rescue Venant. Cops showed up at the caller's address first, then an incorrect address, before finally making it to Venant's home. Venant's foster parents were asleep at the time; attempts to revive her were unsuccessful.
Some of the comments on the stream came from a woman who appeared to be Nikia's biological mother, Gina Caze. According to Metro, one of the comments read: "#ADHD games played u sad little DCF custody jit that’s why u where u at for this dumb s–t n more u keep crying wolf u dead u will get buried life goes on after a jit that doesn’t listen to there parents trying to be grown seeking boys and girls attention instead of her books."
Caze has since denied that she made those comments. Nikia was removed from Caze's care eight years ago before being put into foster care and living in 14 different homes over the span of 16 months.
“Naika was smart academically, loved to smile and [had] lots of charisma,” said a close family friend, Gerta Telfort.
Facebook has issued a statement on the terrifying trend of comitting suicide while using their services: “The vast majority of people are using Facebook Live to come together and share experiences in the moment with their friends and family ... But if someone does violate our Community Standards while using Live, we want to interrupt these streams as quickly as possible when they’re reported to us. So we’ve given people a way to report violations during a live broadcast. We also suggest people contact law enforcement or emergency services themselves if they become aware of something where the authorities can help.”