13-year-old girl suicides after dad shares public shaming video

Uploading public shaming video on social media could be fatal! - Izabel Laxamana, a teenage girl from Tacoma, Washington committed suicide by jumping off a highway overpass on May 29, 2015, Friday.

Izabel Laxamana suicide

According to a feminist blog, Jezebel, Laxamana's father Jeff had reportedly punished her because of unspecified transgression by cutting off her hair and uploaded the video to Youtube. This happened a day before the suicide.

After the controversial suicide of Izabel Laxamana, a debate has making rounds in social media among her friends and family that the public humiliation through the video could be the trigger for the teenage girl to commit suicide.

Labeled as "The bad side of social media shaming: Izzy's Story", here's a video shared by Laxamana's friend. It was recorded from the original video using a smartphone. The original 15-second video that is supposedly of Izabel, filmed by her father, has been deleted from Youtube.

Here's a transcription of the audio that can be heard from the purportedly fatal shame video:
Father: The consequences of getting messed up, man, you lost all that beautiful hair. Was it worth it?
Izabel: No.
Father: How many times did I warn you?
Izabel: A lot.

A blog, Tacoma Stories, claimed that public shaming is an abuse and could be the reason of Izabel's suicide.
Public shaming is a form of abuse. There are those who will say that it teaches a lesson. So does punching someone in the face. That doesn’t make it okay to do to your children. My thoughts are with this young girl. I hope that she gets the help she needs. I also hope her father gets the help he so clearly needs and that her family can heal from these traumatic events brought on by public shaming.

After Izabel Laxamana's death on May 31, 2015, a Facebook page called Justice for Izabel was filled with posts and comments that her father should be criminally prosecuted or else publicly shamed himself

Latest post on that Facebook page showed hotline numbers in case a similar incident that might have happened in Washington:
  • Pierce County Crisis Line: (253) 396-5180 or 1 (800) 576-7764
  • Washington State Child Abuse Hotline: 866-END-HARM
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1 (800) 273-8255