A 12 year old girl killed herself the other day. Her name was Katelyn Nichole Davis and she was from Cedartown, Georgia. Let it be known, I didn’t watch the video. I’ve lost 3 friends to suicide. The closest friend of all was a hanging suicide too. I tried it myself in my teens, and obviously (and thankfully) I didn’t succeed. There’s no way I would watch the video. That video would haunt me. But, some people did. Actually, a lot of people did.
Turns out, Katelyn used the Live.me application to live-stream her suicide, and the 42-minute video details her hanging herself from a tree. For those of you who don’t want to watch the video either, you can read the transcript someone typed up:
“The first half of the video is Katelyn positioning the camera, measuring the rope she attaches to a tree and makes adjustments. During this section, the sun is shining and the ambient neighborhood noises of passing cars, birds and barking dogs can be heard in the background.
She then climbs on top of a bucket and fastens the noose around her neck. At 21:24, after taking several deep breaths and crying, Katelyn says an anguished “Goodbye” before stepping off the bucket. Now hanging by her neck, Katelyn’s arms and legs begin to jerk and kick for a short time.
For the remaining 20 minutes of the video, Katelyn’s body sways at the end of the rope as the sun goes down, as dogs bark in the background. After 10 minutes or so, you can hear Katelyn’s family calling for her and coming close to finding her on camera. The video ends as the sun disappears and Katelyn’s cell phone repeatedly rings.”
The entire video is as surreal as it is tragic.
As for why she decided to kill herself, some of her reasons can be seen by checking out her online diary and Instagram account. According to Katelyn, she was already on medication for depression, had attempted suicide before, was a cutter, and was beaten by her stepfather who she also accused of trying to rape her.
(If you absolutely must see it, you can watch it on the original link at the bottom)
Now, I’d really like to start a discussion about this. It can be in the comments section on here or on Facebook, whatever works for you. But I’d really like to hear your thoughts on this. “The age-adjusted suicide rate in 2014, (13.0 per 100,000 population) was 24% higher than the rate in 1999 (10.5). The average annual percent increase in the age-adjusted suicide rate was about 1% per year from 1999 through 2006 but increased to 2% per year from 2006 through 2016. The percent increase in suicide rates for females was greatest for those aged 10–14″