An 18-year-old Texas girl has committed suicide after tweeting 144 times about the abuse to which she claims she was subjected. Ashley Billasano had updated her 500+ followers about how she found there wasn’t enough evidence to go after the man she claims abused her. Finally, she tweeted about her (ultimately successful) bid ot kill herself.
Ashley Billasano claimed that she tried to report the molestation she suffered a year ago, but that there was no help forthcoming. She apparently tried to hurt herself once before. It’s not clear exactly how she tried to kill herself, but there are reports that she might have learned about the method from a website.
The case of Ashley Billasano has led many people to question why none of her followers did anything to stop her. But on Twitter, messages can sadly get lost, while there is also the problem of people falsely claiming to be planning suicide, purely to get attention. Just last week, a Twitter user claimed to have committed suicide, although it would appear that she ultimately did not.