HOUSTON – A Houston mother is demanding action after an anonymous social media site posted an explicit photo of her 15-year-old girl.
As a parent you do everything you can to watch out for your child. It is toughest with teens.
“It is impossible. You don’t know everything you don’t see everything even though you are on top of them 24/7 there is something that gets away,” said the mother, who does not want to be identified to protect her daughter.
That something in this case is an explicit photo intended for a boyfriend, who turned out to be anything but.
Now this mother’s 15-year-old girl is hospitalized after attempting suicide with prescription drugs.
“My spunky little girl is not ever going to be the same,” the mother said.
It is one of many social media sites that are aimed at humiliating teenage girls. This one specifically targets Houston ISD girls, even using the district logo without permission.
The district said that it is investigating along with the Houston Police Department and internet crimes against children.
It is not just one child.
“They have my child’s photo on there. They have other children’s photos on there she has friends they are on there. She is 15. They are children they are minors,” the mother said.
The Roula and Ryan morning show gets plenty of listener calls. “Not often do we get a call that is desperate for help like hers,” Roula told KHOU 11 News Friday afternoon.
The show devoted two segments to the story Friday morning including the victim’s mother talking about the picture.
“Her half-naked, her showing her upper body. Just couldn’t handle it anymore and she took something. She just wanted to end it that way,” the mother said on the radio.
“Her mom thought that she was doing it right,” Roula said.
The mother said she felt helpless because no one would help. “She can overcome all of this but she is hurt. They hurt me and I don’t want them to get away with it. Throw the book at them. They need to stop,” the mother said.
She is coming forward with her story for one reason.
“Other parents need to see what kids are doing. We all need to see or at least try and stop it. It is wrong,” the mother said.