12-year-old Georgia girl live-streams her suicide

12-year-old Georgia girl live-streams her suicide

A 12-year-old Georgia girl live-streamed her suicide on social media, and the disturbing footage spread online across the globe.

The girl has been identified as Katelyn Nicole Davis, of Polk County. She committed suicide on Dec. 30 and broadcasted her death using the streaming Live.me. The forty-minute footage showed the girl alleging that she had been sexually assaulted by a family member. She ties a rope to a tree outside her house, and apologizes looking toward the camera.

Shortly after Davis’ suicide, Polk County Police Chief Kenny Dodd told reporters that the police department received a huge numbered of outraged messages, emails and even phone calls from members of the public demanding that the video be taken down.

Speaking on the topic, Dodd said, “We want it down as much as anyone, for the family, and it maybe 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.”

A criminal investigation is underway, but no arrests have thus far been made in connection with the girl’s sexual assault accusation.

Facebook and YouTube have made efforts to remove the disturbing footage, claiming that it violate their policy on violent or graphic content. But, the footage continues to linger on social media as many people shared it in different versions on different platforms.

Davis’ death highlighted the slippery slope entailed in providing social media users with tools to share their lives publicly in real time. Most recently, four people used Facebook Live to televise themselves taunting and torturing a mentally disabled teenager.

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