A Georgia teen who attempted to take her own life on Facebook Live was saved by quick-thinking officers.
Facebook and horrified viewers alerted the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when a teenage girl started live-streaming an apparent suicide attempt at her home in Macon, Georgia.
Bibb County Sergeant Linda Howard told news station WMAZ that the teen had consumed pills and put a plastic bag over her head.
Deputies said they were unable to determine her address from Facebook, but contacted the local school district to track down the teen.
When officers and emergency responders arrived at her house, they found the girl was still alive. She was rushed to a local hospital for treatment where she was recovering on Wednesday.
“It’s a good thing that the people watching this called it in,” Sheriff David Davis told The Macon Telegraph. “Those people did the right thing.”
The teen’s suicide attempt comes after a string of violent Facebook Live videos in the last few weeks, including an Alabama resident who live-streamed shooting himself in the head after a breakup.
Facebook announced plans Wednesday to hire 3,000 more people to add to the site’s 4,500-member team dedicated to monitoring crime and suicide videos.
“We’ll keep working with local community groups and law enforcement who are in the best position to help someone if they need it — either because they’re about to harm themselves, or because they’re in danger from someone else,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post.
The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office acknowledged Facebook played a role by contacting authorities to save the teen.
“Even in this tragic situation, this young lady was looking for attention, and thankfully, the right people were watching,” Davis said.
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