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.
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.’
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.