*Wow, just imagine what Levon Holton-Teamer is going through. On Sunday, she sent her daughter, Tovanna, to clean her room. Then a few minutes later she went to tell the 15-year-old something, but instead found her with a gunshot wound. She died 3 hours later.
“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 told WFLA-TV on Wednesday.
Tovonna, a high school freshman in the Tampa, Fl area, was apparently upset that that her friends had taken video of her nude in the shower. She express her feelings with her mother, who didn’t quite understand why she was so concerned.
“Tovonna would say, ‘Mommy, I owe them; I owe them’. I said, ‘What do you mean you owe them?’ I couldn’t understand what was wrong,” Holton-Teamer said, not knowing her daughter had taken her gun from her purse.
After Tovonna’s death, her aunt wanted answers and took to Facebook.
“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,” said Angel Scott, Tovonna’s aunt. Scott learned it was actually a nude video of the girl, taken while she was in the shower.
“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,” she said.
The Pasco County School District heard the bullying complaints and turned the investigation over to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives continue to investigate. The school provided a crisis team for students Monday and Tuesday of this week.
Tovonna’s picture had been shared thousands of times on social media with the #stopbullying. The teen’s family is now calling for justice.
“I want them to pay, to feel what we feeling, even if their child is convicted or in trouble they can go visit their child,” Scott said.