Washington teen jumps to death after being shamed in online video taken by dad
The question, “was it worth it?” may very well haunt one Washington dad for the rest of his life.
Shortly after an online video surfaced showing a 13-year-old girl being shamed by her father after he chopped off her hair, the teen jumped to her death from a Tacoma bridge, police said.
In the 15-second video posted to YouTube, Izabel Laxamana appears to stand emotionless as a man behind the camera questions her recent transgressions which are not named.
“The consequences of getting messed up?” he asks before panning to the sight of long locks of black hair on the ground. “Man, you lost all that beautiful hair. Was it worth it?” “No,” the girl responds.
“How many times did I warn you?”
“Twice,” she answers almost inaudibly.
On Friday the middle schooler exited a car and jumped off a bridge and onto an interstate. She was taken to a Seattle hospital where she died the next day, police said.
But while social media has been quick to attack her father, police say he’s not the one who uploaded the video and that it was never meant to be published.
The girl’s decision to kill herself also doesn’t appear to be related to the hair cutting, Tacoma Public Information Officer Loretta Cool told the Daily News.
“She was a 13-year-old that made some poor choices, meaning that she didn’t have to kill herself,” Cool said while also calling the family’s choice of discipline poor.
The original video of the shaming was reportedly stripped from YouTube but a friend of the late teen apparently shared a copy he recorded on a cell phone.
With nationwide attention and concern now on the troubled teen, Cool said she hopes people will start standing up, raising their voices and helping others before it’s too late, not after.
“I’m a little concerned for the kids out there who really are experiencing problems and that with the notoriety of this (case) they’re going to think that this is the solution and it’s not.
“There are so many ways we can intervene and help,” she said.
“The message that should get out is that if you’re aware that someone is depressed or having problems at home or school or feeling suicidal, people, there’s help out there for them. Call and we can get that person help,” she pleaded.
Shortly after a video surfaced showing 13-year-old Izabel Laxamana with all of her hair cut off, the middle schooler jumped to her death from a Tacoma