Deputies save teen who attempted suicide on Facebook Live

Macon teen attempts suicide on Facebook Live

MACON, Georgia - A Georgia teen is safe after the sheriff's office says she attempted to commit suicide on Facebook Live. 

Sgt. Linda Howard with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office says it happened Tuesday night at a house on Vineville Avenue in Macon, Georgia. Sgt. Howard says deputies received multiple calls reporting the attempted suicide, even citing that Facebook reached out to their office to get help. Sgt. Howard says when they couldn't track down the teen's address, they called the Board of Education for assistance.

When deputies arrived at the home, the girl was taken to the Medical Center Navicent Health for treatment. According to Sgt. Howard, they teen consumed pills and placed a plastic bag over her head.

Facebook's help alerting officers comes just as the company announced they are expanding their team that monitors videos. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, says Facebook's Community Operations Team that reviews content has 4,500 people working right now, but over the next year, he says they'll add another 3,000 people to police content. 

12 News partner station WMAZ does not normally report suicides or attempted suicides unless they happen in a public place. Since this attempt happened on social media, we felt the need to share details.

 

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