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Isabel Laxamana: Did a teen’s father cause her suicide?

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What led to 13 year old Isabel Laxamana killing herself? Were the actions of her father immediately prior to her suicide the motivating reason she jumped off a bridge?

Questions are being asked whether Isabel Laxamana, a 13 year old Tacoma, Washington, teen’s suicide death was the result of her father public shaming her by uploading a video on youtube documenting the man punishing her for perceived transgressions.

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According to a report via Tacoma’s News Tribune, the Giaudrone Middle School teen, who at the time the outlet had declined to specifically identify, jumped off Interstate 5, a highway overpass bridge on Friday, May 29th shortly after a video of her having her hair cut off by her father.

Despite being taken to a Seattle hospital, the teen would die of her injuries on Saturday.

With the girl’s death and the looming existence of the video, since removed, friends of the girl began asking whether Isabel Laxamana’s suicide came as a result of the extreme humiliation and denigration the girl presumably felt at the hands of her father?

Whilst the father may have taken down the video (and can we wonder why?), friends of the girl, according to a report via jezebel managed to tape the original on a mobile phone and re post it back on youtube (see below).

Demands the father’s voice in the video: The consequences of getting messed up, man, you lost all that beautiful hair,’

Before the girl can respond, the video pans to the ground where the girl’s long black hair lies scattered.

Asks the voice again: ‘Was it worth it?’

‘No’ responds the girl barely audible.

Asks the voice again: ‘How many times did I warn you?’

‘A lot’ replies the 13 year old, her voice again barely audible.

Of course nothing shames any (young) woman more than to have her long hair cut against her will, especially by her very own father. A course of action probably not lost on the girl’s father.

Soon after Isabel’s death, a blog called Tacoma Stories asserted that the public shaming of the teen led to her suicide and constituted abuse.

Extols the post: Public shaming is a form of abuse. There are those who will say that it teaches a lesson. So does punching someone in the face. That doesn’t make it okay to do to your children. My thoughts are with this young girl. I hope that she gets the help she needs. I also hope her father gets the help he so clearly needs and that her family can heal from these traumatic events brought on by public shaming.

Since John Cameron’s blog post went live, the author told he had been forced to close comments after the girl’s family reached out.

Never mind, by then a Facebook page called Justice for Izabel came to be inundated with calls for her father to be criminally prosecuted or else publicly shamed himself.

Yes the double edged beauty of social media.

Hazing or shaming?

Whilst jezebel rightly wonders that there may have been a myriad of events going on in the girl’s life leading up to her suicide, which makes pointing fingers at the girl’s father not necessarily the wisest choice, the outlet draws on Isabel’s Google Plus account to shed some further light.

In what appears to be instances of bullying the girl incurred at school, a post the girl wrote reflects:

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….

Which of course raises the question, was the one man in a 13 year old teen girl’s life, the one man who she felt she could always look up to and protect her, now also in her eyes a bully, as she looked out a bridge overpass and forever jumped into the abyss?

Below video, is the school tribute to the fallen teen.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Rubbish! He also smashed Izabel’s guitar, cut up all her clothes and forced her to wear boys’ clothes to school the next day, when she was supposed to be running for the student council (he also forbade her from doing that). Destroying a musical instrument which a child plays is evil (I happen to be a musician) and so is cutting off a 13-year-old girl’s hair, preventing her from running for student council, forcing her to wear boy’s clothes…The man is a monster and he is clearly to blame for his daughter’s suicide. If she was a victim of bullying at school, destroying her appearance, preventing her from running for student council and smashing her musical instrument would have made her situation much worse. Karma will kick that evil monster. How dare he call himself a “father”?

  2. Jeff Laxamana also smashed Izabel’s guitar, cut up all her clothes and forced her to wear boys’ clothes to school the next day, when she was supposed to be running for the student council (he also forbade her from doing that). Destroying a musical instrument which a child plays is evil (I happen to be a musician) and so is cutting off a 13-year-old girl’s hair, preventing her from running for student council, forcing her to wear boy’s clothes…The man is a monster and he is clearly to blame for his daughter’s suicide. If she was a victim of bullying at school, destroying her appearance, preventing her from running for student council and smashing her musical instrument would have made her situation much worse. Karma will kick that evil monster. How dare he call himself a “father”?

  3. He deserves all he gets, no child should go through such humiliation, especially by their own father! Punishment of your children should remain private and in the home, whether he meant for the video to be put out or not – he shouldn’t have recorded in the first place. And not only that, cutting the hair off of a young teenage girl? Way make your daughter a bully magnet. I hope the guy can’t live with himself anymore

  4. My heart goes out to this family. While I would have never chosen this course of action in disciplining my child, I do not believe that this father was trying to hurt his daughter in any way. As all parents do, he believed that the discipline will make her a better person in the long run. He never in a million years thought that his child would kill herself a few days later. There is no need to attempt to charge or punish this man in any way. I’m sure he is punishing himself enough and he will be forever punished and ashamed because now he has to live with his beloved daughter’s death on his conscience for the rest of his life. My prayers are with him and his family. RIP beautiful girl.

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