What a horrible way to go viral.
Georgia Police have failed to remove copies of a video circulating online showing a 12-year-old Georgia girl killing herself.
On December 30, Katelyn Nicole Davis (pictured below) broadcasted the suicide on Facebook Live, claiming she had been physically and sexually abused by a family member before hanging herself in the front yard of her Cedartown home.
Davis’ family removed the video from her Facebook page, but copies of it were shared on blogs, YouTube pages, and other Facebook accounts.
Though YouTube removed the video because it violated its policy on graphic content, footage was still present of Facebook — and authorities now say they are powerless to remove it.
Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd said the department has been getting messages from around the world from people outraged by the video, but there’s little police can do.
He told local press:
We want it down as much as anyone for the family and it may be harmful to other kids. We contacted some of the sites. They asked if they had to take it down and by law, they don’t. But it’s just the common decent thing to do in my opinion.
You would think…
Authorities are conducting tests to determine the causes of her death, and are looking into why the Cedartown Middle School student took her own life.
An investigation has been launched after the tween made allegations of abuse and sexual assault on her online diary just three days before the suicide.
This is just devastating. Our hearts go out to Davis’s family as they not only have to deal with a tragic loss but also with knowing footage of the harrowing incident is out there for all to see.