Teen Livestreams Suicide Weeks After 12-Year-Old Did the Same
Nakia Venant hanged herself in her foster home.
A Florida teen hanged herself while broadcasting the suicide live on the internet Sunday, according to reports.
Just weeks after 12-year-old Katelyn Nicole Davis used another video platform to livestream her own death a state away in Georgia, 14-year-old Nakia Venant tied a scarf into a noose and used it to hang herself from a door.
According to the Miami Herald, friends of the little girl noted in social media posts that she'd used the popular livestreaming platform Facebook Live, though the company has not confirmed this.
As Nakia hung in a bathroom in her foster parents' Miami-area home, her horrified friend saw the livestream and called police.
Unfortunately, responders first went to the friend's home, at which point she sent them to another address.
Nakia wasn't there, either, however. Residents there sent them to a third home, where Nakia was found in the bathroom as her foster parents slept in the bedroom.
Attempts to revive her were unsuccessful and Nakia was pronounced dead at an area hospital.
"We are absolutely horrified and devastated by the news of this young girl's death," Mike Carroll, secretary of the Department of Children and Families, said in a statement that promised a "comprehensive" review of Nakia's history in the system.
In a statement provided to the Miami Herald, Facebook said the company takes seriously its responsibility to keep people safe on its site.
"Our Community Standards regulate what kinds of content can be shared on Facebook. Our teams work around the clock to review content that is being reported by users, and we have systems in place to ensure that time-sensitive content is dealt with quickly," the statement read.
"The vast majority of people are using Facebook Live to come together and share experiences in the moment with their friends and family. But if someone does violate our Community Standards while using Live, we want to interrupt these streams as quickly as possible when they're reported to us. So we've given people a way to report violations during a live broadcast.
"We also suggest people contact law enforcement or emergency services themselves if they become aware of something where the authorities can help."
In neighboring Georgia, Katelyn Davis killed herself on December 30 on the streaming site Live.Me.
The video was subsequently shared on other platforms, including Facebook, which led authorities to urge people to refrain from viewing and distributing the clip.
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