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Ashley Billasano Twitter account points to hidden horrors

Ashley Billasano‘s Twitter account apparently no longer features some of the more harrowing tweets that she posted before her suicide earlier this week. It’s not clear who had them removed. But the impact of her death remains, and many people are still wondering how someone with 500 followers could be so open about her plans to kill herself, while no-one did anything to try to stop her.

Those followers are not to blame for Ashley Billasano’s death, of course. The blame lies elsewhere. But the case reminds us that those Twitter followers, even those Facebook friends, aren’t really there for us when we’re in the most need of help. Billasano might as well have had 500 million followers for all the good it would have done her.

Yet there’s a curious mix of guilt and anger regarding Ashley Billasano’s death. Some people are angry that no-one stepped forward to help her, others are sad that nothing could be done for a girl who seemingly found that the only people who would listen to her talk about her problems were people who weren’t really there in the first place.

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8 thoughts on “Ashley Billasano Twitter account points to hidden horrors

  1. Maybe you should have known her before passing judgement on those who did.

    Posted by sam | November 13, 2011, 2:06 am
  2. nothing to say except sad.

    Posted by doozee (@pdddy100) | November 14, 2011, 8:09 pm
  3. Being that I am only 18 if I was on twitter and saw somebody posting suicidal thoughts on there, I would just assume they’re wanting attention. That’s just my thought process. Maybe mom should’ve gotten her into therapy? People just cope different ways, I suppose.

    Posted by Jessica | November 16, 2011, 6:15 pm
  4. Men are the evils of the world.

    Posted by ccc | November 17, 2011, 9:20 am
  5. I reject and am offended by the statement that she could have had 500 million people following her on Twitter and it would not have mattered. I can say with all certainty that if for some odd reason I was following her tweets I would have done everything I could have to stop her. I do not say that from a “hindsight” perspective, I say that from a basic human decency perspective.

    Mike

    Posted by Mike | November 18, 2011, 3:50 pm
  6. ok i am one of ashleys close friends and people did try to stop her, i know i did atleast. she had her phone off so she knew people were going to try to stop her, she had her mind made up nothing or no one was going to change that. so everyone on her saying why didnt someone try to stop her,well i tried everything i could.

    Posted by bree | November 18, 2011, 6:36 pm
    • One of my friends committed suicide. About a month before- she had posted on Baby-gaga.com a question about whether or not you had thought about suicide or attempted. I didnt get on much so didnt see it until after she had killed herself. She had a little 2 yr old boy and she was 21. I so wish i would have seen it and tried talking to her. I live in GA and shes in MI we had babys born the same month and were the same age & had alot in common i met her on Baby-gaga so i couldnt have stopped her in person even if i knew and i didnt know her number or anything. but i talked to her alot so it really broke my heart. Its so sad all the young ppl passing away by choice.😦 I wish someone would have gotten that ass hole in trouble. I hope they still do !

      Posted by Adrienne | November 18, 2011, 10:40 pm

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