LONDON: The tragic suicide of a 12-year-old girl streamed live on Facebook has gone viral – and police say they are powerless to stop it. Schoolgirl Katelyn Nicole Davis, of Cedartown, Georgia in the US, told viewers she had been sexually abused by a family member before hanging herself, live on camera. The upsetting clip showed Katelyn continuing to film as she took her own life in the front garden of her home. Now the video has been shared across social media but local police say there is nothing they can do to prevent it. The emergency services rushed to Katelyn’s home on December 30 but she was pronounced dead after being taken to Polk Medical Center’s emergency unit, reported Fox 5. The video was removed from her Facebook page but local officers at the Polk County Police Department say they have been inundated with calls from across the world alerting them to websites sharing the video. Police are investigating her death. Katelyn posted on her blog on December 27 claiming she that she had been sexually abused by a relative, reported Coosa Valley News.
A leading UK-based youth charity has warned this video could cause copycat killings. Heather Dickinson, of Papyrus which aims to prevent young suicides, said this distressing clip could cause other teens to have suicidal thoughts. She said: “My heart goes out to the person in this video who lost their life and those affected by it, this is obviously a very sad case. “This video could be very triggering to other teenagers but as a charity we are here to support anyone who is affected.” Ms Dickinson said the charity had noticed the impact social media was having on teenagers and said they’d received numerous calls from those negatively impacted activities online. She said: “The younger generation are used to putting their wholes lives on Facebook, it is the way they communicate. “In previous generations, you might have had one or two friends round for a chat – whereas now everything is on social media, including group discussions. People lose out on communication and talking about their problems.” The charity said it receives a large volume of pleas for help from teens, but not through their phone line – through text and email instead.
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