A risqué Snapchat video of a 15-year-old girl in the shower led to suicide in Tampa, Florida. According to family members, Tovonna Holton stole a handgun gun from her mother’s purse and shot herself in the head as a result of bullying on social media and the online leaking of a nude video of herself. However, who actually posted the video remains unknown, and friends of the victim dispute the allegations of bullying.
The victim’s mother, Levon Holton-Teamer, discovered her lifeless body June 5 in the family bathroom. “The bathroom light was off so I tried to get in and I looked down and I saw the puddle of blood,” she told the WFLA local news, “I tried to apply the pressure, the pressure to her head. I tried to save her.”
Just prior to her suicide, Tovonna had told her mother nude pictures of her had been shared among dozen’s of students at Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel, where she was a freshman. In the wake of her death family members went on Facebook looking for answers and learned a nude video of her in the shower had been distributed on Snapchat without her permission. Following the incident Holton had been teased online and in person about her appearance.
Family members allege that Tovonna Holton’s ex-boyfriend posted the video to get back at her following a fight. But in an interview with The Daily Beast, the ex-boyfriend denies posting the video and also claims it wasn’t bullying, but deeper problems that caused her to take her own life. In the wake of her death, thousands of posts with the hashtag #stopbullying have been shared in her honor. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate her death.
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