Ashley Billasano: Teen Commits Suicide after 144 Tweets
Ashley Billasano Suicide: Could Her 500 Followers Have Helped?
Ashley Billasano, a student at BF Terry High School in Rosenberg, Texas, committed suicide on November 7. Before she died, Billasano took to her Twitter account, writing about how she had been sexually abused and forced into prostitution, and about how she was about to kill herself.
Ashley Billasano tweeted 144 times before her death. Her final tweet: "I hope I get this right". She committed suicide by suffocation, and was found in her bedroom.
Ashley Billasano had 500 followers, apparently, but none of them seemed to be listening. According to Fox (see link below), Ashley Billasano's Twitter account has been deleted (by whom?), but we can't find any retweets or @replies.
This was Ashley Billasano's second suicide attempt. According to her friend, Billasano chose Twitter to record her last moments for the very reason that few of her real-life friends and peers would be tuning in. Had she used Facebook, said friend Ashly Escamilla, someone would have been more likely to intervene.
She talked about how she dealt with the pain the first time.
"I went to the bathroom and locked the door"
"I took apart a razor. I did what I had to do to forget. I swear after that night I was never the same"
According to Ashley Billasano's mother, the teen had already contacted Texas Child Protective Services, but was frustrated with their slow progress. She had told a teacher about her alleged abuse, who then informed the authorities. Billasano told her mother that Child Protective Services did not believe her story.
We're wondering who deleted her Twitter account and why.