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Izabel Laxamana suicide: Don’t blame dad cops insist, tape was leaked

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Who bears culpability for Izabel Laxamana’s suicide?

While social media may have taken to packing blame on 13 year old Tacoma, Washington, Izabel Laxamana’s father for the teen’s suicide death, police investigating the Giaudrone Middle School teen’s demise have urged caution in blaming the girl’s father.

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According to a report via Tacoma’s News Tribune the teen’s death came shortly after a tape showcasing her humiliating disciplining at the hands of her father found its way on youtube leading to the girl last Friday to exit a car and jump off a bridge onto Interstate 5.

At the time she was taken to a Seattle hospital, but would die the following day as a result of injuries sustained.

In an interview with the nydailynews, Tacoma Public Information Officer Loretta Cool has insisted that the outing of a disciplining process which saw her father force the cutting of his daughter’s long hair and the taping of such discipling process was not directly attributable to the girl choosing to end her life.

Offered the cop: ‘She was a 13-year-old that made some poor choices, meaning that she didn’t have to kill herself,’

Rather than the father putting the tape on youtube, cops say the video (which has since been taken down only to be re released by the girl’s concerned friends, see above) had been initially put up by another third party who thought they were helping the situation.

Instead told the cop, the father had simply made the tape as a reminder for the girl to bear witness to her transgressions.

It was, ‘I’m going to record this, it’s yours, that way you’ll think twice before you do this again,’’ Cool said of the father’s alleged reasoning to his daughter for filming her punishment.

‘It was part of the discipline process,’ 

Adding: ‘So she would remember and not do it again.’

Of course how or why the father thought taping his daughter’s punishment was going to assist her ‘disciplinary process’ is not necessarily understood.

If anything, one can only wonder if the act of cutting a young woman’s flowing hair, a testament to her coming into her womanhood was a violation of her being and an act of humiliation and degradation at the hands of her father, the one adult the teen must have thought would always understand her and comfort her.

Cool would add that there were no known past issues with the family or teen by the police department or child protective services.

Online claims that the girl was bullied at school, some by total strangers, are also unfounded, the cop told.

Reiterated the cop: ‘At least one of the people who claimed to have inside knowledge didn’t even know the girl,’

‘It’s been a very frustrating investigation.’

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That said some have pointed out to a disturbing link to a Google Plus account linked to Izabela intimating that she had been the subject of school bullying.

Told the girl in her post: ‘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….’

Implored Tacoma Public Information Officer Loretta Cool

‘I’m a little concerned for the kids out there who really are experiencing problems and that with the notoriety of this (case) they’re going to think that this is the solution and it’s not.

‘There are so many ways we can intervene and help,’

‘The message that should get out is that if you’re aware that someone is depressed or having problems at home or school or feeling suicidal, people, there’s help out there for them. Call and we can get that person help,’

That plea nevertheless hasn’t stopped social media users from going on facebook page Justice for Izabel insisting that the father be brought to account.

Cops have since told that the girl isn’t likely to face charges.

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The Interstate 5 bridge from which Izabel Laxamana jumped from last Friday.
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  • Clarisse73

    Is there some reason why you are lecturing me? You can rationalize this father’s actions all you want. At the end of the day, he broke his daughter’s heart.

  • Ron Frazier

    Maybe you’ve never had children, or your children already know how to do “the right thing,” but many children do not know how to do that and parents have to work very hard to set rules, guidelines, examples, plans, meetings, talks, sessions, rewards, and corrective actions to teach their children life’s lessons.
    Unfortunately, this beloved daughter had a strike system and she failed to perform up to the standard that seems to have been pre-determined, and agreed upon, between her and her father/parents. She got “messed up” again, so she paid the price of having her hair unceremoniously chopped off – not a completely horrible punishment in and of itself, though I wouldn’t have let her go to school with it looking sloppy. Also unfortunate, was that her school teachers/principle were coming down on her and she hadn’t made her parents adequately aware of that situation, which is common, sadly, because children don’t often realize that they can tell their parents these things. The punishment she sustained, along with some very uncaring education professionals at her school, were apparently too much for her to handle emotionally and she saw no other way out.
    It’s a sad story, and I hope to God that parents begin talking to and connecting with their children more. We need to know how they’re doing at school and home, with friends or with peers, so we can help them realize their potential.

  • Eda M.

    Your parents are supposed to be there to lovingly guide you through life. You take enough abuse and bullying at school. Your home should be the one place you should be able to feel safe. Bullying your child is not a learning experience, and it is never ok.

  • Clarisse73

    Certainly, parents should discipline their children, no one is arguing against that. Humiliating your child is not discipline. For myself, I am placing the blame squarely on the father and I don’t care if he’s the one who posted the clip on youtube or not.
    You can see from the photos of the young girl that she had beautiful hair. What loving father would cut his daughter’s hair off? This sort of action does not come from love, but a desire to control and overwhelm a child. What life lesson is he teaching her? To cower in life and try not to make anyone angry?
    And I am certainly not surprised at the cops whose tendency seems to be to blame the teen for “overreacting” to a temporary situation.

  • Ron Frazier

    You didn’t include the fact that this girl had other issues going on at school that factor in, and if “cutting a young woman’s flowing hair, a testament to her coming into her womanhood,” is what you’re going with then this is just lazy reporting and you should try harder. It sounds like you’re trying to fan the flames of hatred for parents doing what they’re supposed to do – discipline their kids. I’m sorry that she took her life, but vilifying the father is wrong answer here.