Teen Kills Self After 144 Tweets About Abuse
Chelsea Badeau, Xfinity.com
Tue Nov 15, 10:06 PM UTC
Texas high school senior Ashley Billasano posted 144 tweets that alleged sexual abuse by a family member and others before taking her own life on Tuesday, November 8th. The 18-year-old posted these allegations on Twitter over the course of six hours and not one of her 500+ followers reported her anguished cries for help to authorities, reports MyFox Houston.
The pretty teen, known as Billy, attended the BF Terry High School in Rosenberg, a suburb of Houston. In Billisano’s tweets, she indicated that she had been sexually abused for years, starting at age 14 and was even forced into prostitution.
Chief Craig Brady with the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Department confirms that Billasano reported her abuse claims to investigators in central Texas about one year ago. "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."
Billasano was distraught that authorities were not going to go any further with her case. She tweeted:
"Weeks passed, then I got the call. They said sorry but there isn't enough evidence I hung up." "That's when I changed I didn't care anymore and the people I was meeting gave me no reason to."
Billisano’s tweets talked about how she dealt with the pain of her abuse:
"I went to the bathroom and locked the door" "I took apart a razor. I did what I had to do to forget. I swear after that night I was never the same"
One of her haunting final tweets read: "I'd love to hear what you have to say but I won't be around."
Her very last tweet: "Take two. I hope I get this right."
Billisano committed suicide by suffocation.
A Facebook memorial page, R.I.P. Ashley Marie Billasano, has been set up in honor of Ashley and already has over 5,000 “likes.” The posts on the page appear to be coming from her mother.
The most haunting question of all is why didn’t anyone help Ashley?