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The shocking tale of a 13-year-old girl committing suicide this weekend in Tacoma, Washington is one of the reasons why people shouldn’t publicly shame their children on social media.

Isabel Laxamana’s father posted a video of him shaming her online by cutting off her long black hair. On Friday, May 29, days later, she committed suicide by jumping off a highway overpass. And now people are calling for Laxamana’s father to be criminally prosecuted for the tragic events his public shaming video may have caused.

Although the original video has been removed, a friend Laxamana recorded it via a cell phone and uploaded it.  The video, titled “The bad side of social media shaming: Izzy’s Story” was uploaded, the poster shares, “to hopefully discourage another parent from engaging in shame videos.”

At 12-years-old, it was already apparent Laxamana had trouble in school and life. A Google Plus post that’s still online shows what she was going through:

“I feel hated most of the time im in school i feel looked down on and i get judged alot…. But what keeps me going is people like kian who have gone through the same thing as me… In a school with so many people its weird to say “i feel alone” but the truth is that you really do feel alone. So thanks for everything kian….”

Clutchettes, do you think her father should be prosecuted?

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  • gull2861

    the story posted is incorrect. the father did not post the video. an independent 3rd party who thought they were helping posted the video. the father made the video for the girl to keep for herself to remind her of what she did wrong.

  • Phoenix Ares

    Way to go Dad! I hope chopping her hair was worth it. I think you’re suffering enough by losing her, you have the rest of your life to vegetate on this s__ t. Although, it would fit you nicely if you follow her over the bridge. And if you do decide to do that, hopefully someone will care enough about you to stop you. Much sympathy for your daughter. None for you.