‘I saw the puddle of blood’: 15yo girl commits suicide over nude Snapchat pic
Tovanna Holton, a freshman at Wiregrass Ranch High School, killed herself with her mother’s gun on Sunday.
“I couldn’t get in the bathroom,” her mother, Levon Holton-Teamer, told Tampa NBC-affiliate WFLA. “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 girl’s mother recalled the last conversation with her daughter, who, she said, could not bear the humiliation.
“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,” Holton-Teamer told reporters.
In search for answers, Tovanna’s aunt went on Facebook and found out that the niece’s close friend posted a nude picture of her taken in a shower.
“I thought it was just pictures and then the kids started inboxing me,” Tovonna’s aunt Angel Scott told the news station. “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 three something that afternoon.”
According to The Daily Beast, Tovonna’s ex-boyfriend recorded a video of her in a shower and then posted it on social media without her permission. After the footage surfaced on Snapchat, people began taking screenshots and sharing them, a friend Zoe Vereen recalled.
“Tovonna knew [her friend] posted the video, but Tovonna’s boyfriend posted it, trying to expose her in a derogatory way,” a friend Christian Coyle-Watts told the Beast. “He did it just because he knew he could, and it would hurt her feelings.”
While Tovonna’s boyfriend did not respond to The Daily Beast’s comment request, he shared his thoughts on Twitter, saying, “She was so beautiful i wish i can go back in time and prevent all of this i will never forget u baby.”
She was so beautiful i wish i can go back in time and prevent all of this i will never forget u baby. pic.twitter.com/5EbthxgwGU— Buck$2Skrt (@2Grimeyy_) June 7, 2016
In one of his posts, the man called links between Tovonna’s death and the picture “sick,” accusing people of “spreading rumors.”
No one is at fault she had problems going on that no one knew about . Let my angel rest in peace— Buck$2Skrt (@2Grimeyy_) June 6, 2016
The Pasco County Florida Sheriff's Office has launched an investigation into the teen’s death as the family is now seeking justice.
“The detectives are looking into all angles,” Eddie Daniels, public information officer with the sherriff’s office told the Beast. “Thus far nothing has pointed in the direction of bullying.”