Philadelphia teen Nola Latty is proving that Instagram isn’t just about followers and funny memes. If you pay close attention, you may just save someone’s life.
When Latty scrolled through her Instagram feed late last Monday a troublesome photo caught her attention. The photo indicated another teenager she followed wanted to take a bunch of pills to end her life.
Although Latty didn’t know the teen personally, she knew she had to take action. She told WTXF-TV:
“She was just in my newsfeed and she meant so much to me already.”
The teenager pulled together commenters to try to find something in the teen’s pictures that would help identify where she was from. The mobile community pinpointed the teen to a town in Wisconsin where local authorities responded when Latty contacted them.
“While I was calling the police things were going crazy. I never really said things to her. I didn’t like. She was just in my newsfeed, and she meant so much to me already, and I was like no that can’t happen, she can’t die. No.”
After responding, Wisconsin police reported that the teen was home with her parents but didn’t appear to be in any danger, but friends and classmates still refer to Latty as a hero. Latty shrugs at the title saying:
“I would always do something like that for somebody. It shows social media is not all like teens on their phones disconnected from everything. I wouldn’t have known this girl in Wisconsin was depressed unless I had an Instagram. Unless there was social media.”
Maybe social media isn’t erasing all empathy from society. How often have you scrolled through your feed and ignored something questionable?