The Police Can’t Stop People Sharing This 12-Year-Old’s Suicide Video On Facebook

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On Dec. 30, 12-year-old Katelyn Nicole Davis, from Cedartown, Georgia, used the social streaming app Live.Me to broadcast her suicide.

On Dec. 30, 12-year-old Katelyn Nicole Davis, from Cedartown, Georgia, used the social streaming app Live.Me to broadcast her suicide.

In the video, which is over 40 minutes long, Davis can be heard to say she had been sexually abused by a family member. She then continued filming as she took her own life in front of her home.

In the video, which is over 40 minutes long, Davis can be heard to say she had been sexually abused by a family member. She then continued filming as she took her own life in front of her home.
Police rushed to the scene, but Davis was pronounced dead after being taken to Polk Medical Center’s Emergency Room.

Her family have deleted the video from Davis’s Facebook page but Polk County police chief Kenny Dodd told Fox5 his department had been flooded with messages stating the video is circulating on various social media platforms, including Facebook.

We want it down as much as anyone for the family and it may be harmful to other kids. We contacted some of the sites. They asked if they had to take it down and by law they don’t. But it’s just the common decent thing to do in my opinion.

The police department issued this statement on its Facebook page on Monday:

BuzzFeed News understands that Facebook’s community operations team has taken steps to remove the video.

However, at the time of writing, anyone who reported one of the videos received this automatic response.

However, at the time of writing, anyone who reported one of the videos received this automatic response.
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While the video is still circulating on Facebook, it has been deleted from YouTube.

While the video is still circulating on Facebook, it has been deleted from YouTube.
Davis’s own Instagam and YouTube accounts have been deleted too.

Before her death, Davis posted a video on YouTube titled “To Everyone Struggling With Depression,” encouraging viewers to seek help and to remember that it’s not their fault.

Before her death, Davis posted a video on YouTube titled "To Everyone Struggling With Depression," encouraging viewers to seek help and to remember that it's not their fault.

She also shared this “Do Not Self Harm” track on SoundCloud two months ago.

She also shared this "Do Not Self Harm" track on SoundCloud two months ago.

Polk County police have also launched an investigation into allegations of abuse and sexual assault that Davis outlined in her videos and her online diary on Dec. 27.

Polk County police have also launched an investigation into allegations of abuse and sexual assault that Davis outlined in her videos and her online diary on Dec. 27.
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Many of the diary entries have been deleted but people have screenshot them and spread them online.

Memorial accounts have popped up posting tributes and reposting some of the videos Davis made.

Memorial accounts have popped up posting tributes and reposting some of the videos Davis made.
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Justice for Katelyn Nicole Davis is reposting older videos Davis made, but the page administrator said they believe the video containing the suicide needs to be taken down: “Because a kid or someone suicidal could see it & get triggered or scarred for life.”

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