Wash­ing­ton teen jumps to death af­ter be­ing shamed in on­line video taken by dad

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL - By Nina Gol­go­wski (NY Daily News)

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

bridge.

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