Florida teen Tovonna Holton was found by her mother, Levon Holton-Teamer, inside the bathroom of their Tampa home on Sunday. The teen apparently died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. According to WFLA, Holton was the victim of bullying and it wasn’t until after her death that loved ones learned the full extent of what the Wiregrass Ranch High School freshman was facing.
Holton’s family believes that her friends secretly videotaped her while she was showering and then proceeded to share the video with dozens of students before posting it on Snapchat. On the morning of her death, Holton told her mother that she owed someone who had a nude photo of her.
“I go to the bathroom; I couldn’t get in the bathroom. The bathroom light was off so I tried to get in and I looked down and I saw the puddle of blood. I tried to apply the pressure, the pressure to her head. I tried to save her,” Holton-Teamer said. Relatives eventually broke down the door but it was too late.
Following Holton’s death, her aunt, Angel Scott, turned to Facebook for answers, which is when she learned that it was actually a nude video of Holton that was circulating on social media.
“I just said, ‘If anybody knows anything, what happened? Have you heard of anything? Do you know who these kids are who have the pictures?’ I thought it was just pictures and then the kids started inboxing me,” Scott said. “Everybody was out there talking about her and calling her names and they said it went up on social media, Snapchat. I’d never heard of that before about 3 something that afternoon.”
The Pasco County School District has turned the investigation over to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.