Girl tries to livestream suicide, but is saved by deputies

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a Georgia teenager who took pills, placed a bag over her head and tried to livestream her suicide on Facebook Live was saved by deputies after viewers watching the haunting scene called 911.

The Telegraph reports that three patrol cars and an ambulance sped to the teen’s home in Macon after being alerted Tuesday night.

Sgt. Linda Howard of the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office tells WMAZ-TV deputies received multiple calls reporting the broadcast, and that Facebook also reached out to the sheriff’s office to get help for her.

Howard said the girl was taken to a hospital.

“It’s a good thing that the people watching this called it in,” Sheriff David Davis said told the newspaper. “Those people did the right thing.

“Even in this tragic situation, this young lady was looking for attention, and thankfully, the right people were watching. … It could have been more tragic.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday announced that the company will hire 3,000 more people to review videos of crime and suicides after killings have been shown live.

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