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Ashley Billasano, High School Student, Tweeted 144 Times Before Committing Suicide

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 11/10/2011 5:56 pm EST Updated: 01/23/2014 6:58 pm EST

"I went to the bathroom and locked the door," 18-year-old Ashley Billasano tweeted.

"I took apart a razor. I did what I had to do to forget. I swear after that night I was never the same."

Billasano told her painful story through the popular social networking site. Soon after, she had committed suicide, FOX News Latino reported.

In her 144 tweets over 6 hours, Billasano allegedly claimed that she had been molested by a family member and forced into prostitution. She also detailed her unsuccessful attempt at seeking justice.

"It is my understanding she made an outcry apparently a year ago in Williamson County up close to Austin about some allegations of sexual abuse," Fort Bend County Sheriff's Department Chief Craig Brady told FOX News. "My understanding, that was looked into the sheriff's office there, the D.A'S office and a grand jury. There was no indictment issued."

Close friend Ashly Escamilla told the Houston Chronicle that Billasano's death was the high schooler's last attempt to be heard.

"This wasn't random. She planned this for a reason. She made a decision that this was what she was going to do to get attention if she was not going to get justice."

Billasano's mother, Tiffany Ruiz Leskinen, told the paper that being denied help from authorities was too much for her daughter to cope with.

"The detective told her that she had trouble believing her," her mother told the Houston Chronicle. "Here is someone who has been abused and is forced to be silent for so long. Then the one person you go to looking for help says they might not believe you. The CPS caseworker was a rookie right out of college. She did not know anything and kept saying she had check with her supervisor."

According to the report, a spokesman for Texas Child Protective Services said privacy policies keep the agency from confirming if an investigation followed Billasano's claims.

According to the Austin-Statesman, Billasano's Twitter account was taken down as of Wednesday.

An important question, as ABC news noted, is why none of Billasano's 500 followers called the police, or reached out to help her.


Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or visit stopbullying.gov. You can also visit The Trevor Project or call them at 866-488-7386.


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