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Teen Who Pushed Friend Off 6-Story Bridge Defends Actions, Claiming ‘She Wanted To Jump’

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

An 18-year-old girl who pushed her friend off a 60-foot bridge in Washington state has finally opened up about the incident on a segment of Good Morning America. Taylor Smith said she “didn’t think about the consequences” when she shoved her friend off a bridge while others filmed it. Her friend, 16-year-old Jordan Holgerson, suffered broken ribs and punctured lungs after plunging six stories into the Lewis River.

Jordan wanted to jump off the bridge after she saw a friend jump first. But the video shows a scared Jordan, standing over the railing without holding on.

“Jordan, go,” Taylor yells repeatedly. “Jordan, I’m going to push you.”

“No,” Jordan says.

Then Taylor simply pushes anyway. Jordan screams and flails the entire way down.

“She wanted to jump and she was scared and she had asked me to give her a good push, and I didn’t think about the consequences,” Taylor said on Good Morning America. “I thought she would be fine.”

Taylor said she tried to visit Jordan in the hospital but was asked to leave. In a recent interview, Jordan said she hopes that Taylor faces consequences for her actions.

“At first I didn’t really want Taylor to get in trouble, but now that I’ve thought about it more, I’m kind of wanting her to sit in jail and think about at least what she did.”

Taylor and Jordan haven’t seen each other since the fateful incident. Though they’ve been friends for years, only time can tell what the future holds in store. Taylor hopes the two can be friends again one day.

“I love that girl. I never intended to hurt her, ever,” Taylor said. “I’m really sorry it turned out that way.”

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