This is one of the most unfortunate and painful stories that I've come across. Public shaming has a strong presence on social media and it often flies under the guise of being entertaining or humorous. From parents shaming their kids in a comical way, to pet owners snapping photos of their pets next to pet-shaming signs, social media has provided a way for this kind of shaming to not only be accepted, but welcomed. 

However, there is a very fine line between public shaming that is harmless and public shaming that is detrimental, if not, deadly. When you really stop and think about it, parents shaming their kids by posting on social media is not that different from cyberbullying. In the case of 13-year-old Izabel Laxamana, her shaming was followed by a horrific event that is causing parents everywhere to come against public shaming as a form of punishment for kids. 

Laxamana's story has been picked up by a number of news sites and the discussion it has evoked has been overwhelming. Countless individuals have taken to weighing in on the teen's story, with many expressing anger and shock that parents think it's okay to publicly shame their children. Read the story below and share your thoughts on the matter in the comments. 

It's not exactly clear why 13-year-old Izabel Laxamana got in trouble with her father, but she did something that, in his eyes, warranted a severe form of punishment. To discourage Laxamana from disobeying him again, her father cut off her long, black hair, recorded a video of it, and then posted it online. 

In the video, the father can be heard asking Laxamana how many times she was warned beforehand about her actions. She replies, "twice." Her father then goes on to ask her if her behavior was worth it, to which she replies, "no." The footage also shows a pile of black hair lying on the floor and Laxamana standing to the side with her chopped short hair. 


Shortly following her father's public shaming, Laxamana shocked the entire community of Tacoma, Washington when she jumped off a bridge, falling into a busy interstate after jumping out of the passenger's seat of her grandma's car. Her death was considered a suicide and has shaken all the students at her school, Giaudrone Middle School.