Suicide: 3rd Cause of death in 10 to 14 year old youth! Vol. 151

SAFER SCHOOLS NEWS-VOL. 151

Suicide

3rd Cause of death in 10 to 14 year old youth!


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suicides in TeensA recent federal study on suicide found it to be the No. 3 cause of death among those 10 to 14 years old! Schools and other youth oriented organizations all over the US and overseas have been searching for ways to prevent it.

There are two Keys to prevention;

  1. Training to recognize the warning signs and learning ways to act on those signs and
  2. Communication and a connection with those affect by depression and showing warning signs.

In this federal study the CDC found, about 18 percent of all high school students have contemplated suicide, 12 percent had actual plans, and 8 percent have attempted it. As listed earlier, in 2012 suicide was ranked as the 3rd leading cause of death for youth 10 to 14 years old. This accounts for 306 youth taking their lives in 2012.

A few states have enacted state laws requiring all educational staff to have suicide recognition and prevent training. Only about 20 states have enacted these state guidelines or laws. Many school districts now provide grief counselors (Crisis Intervention Response “CIR” Team Members) to schools touched by student suicides for two primary reasons. One reason to help students and staff begin to deal with the trauma over the lost of one of there students. Secondly, to watch for warning signs of other affected students, to watch for possible “suicide packs” and take action should that be needed. Both staff and student may blame themselves for not seeing the signs or if they did not taking action. These individuals need immediate support from the C.I.R. Teams.

Some districts may think it will never happen in their schools‘ and feel that they have time to train and prepare. They stories should help to see it can happen anywhere, event in your community!

In 2015:

Crystal Lake, Ill had its 2nd Suicide in a Week in the Crystal Lake District, Illinois. Students arrived in Crystal Lake District 155 a few mornings ago to the tragic news that a second student had committed suicide. The first student, Adrian Salazar, 18, attended Crystal Lake Central High School. His body was found in Canterbury Park on March 10. The second student, who has not been publicly identified, was a student at Crystal Lake South High School.

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Dumont, NJ – A fifth-grade boy died after he plunged from a second-story window at Grant School (Dumont School District) on a Friday afternoon. Borough Police Chief Joseph Falbourn said that the boy was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center and  died of his injuries later that afternoon.

The boy appently jumped from the window following a dispute with another boy over a chess game. One eye witness stated that it happened after a game of chess that ended with an argument. Then the boy handed a note to a classmate he had been playing chess with before he jumped out his classroom window. He did not say a word to the 20 other students and a lunch aide who were in the classroom at the time.

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Palo Alto, CA – Palo Alto schools are reeling from a recent student suicide. The death of a South Bay student on Caltrain tracks is just the most recent in a string of suicides which is taking its toll on students and faculty at two Palo Alto schools. The community is shaken by what is happening with the number of students at Gunn High School. One said the recent deaths are “like an earthquake that has come through this community, and the fault line is still there and still active.”

Since January, there have been eight Caltrain fatalities, and officials say seven of them have been suicides including students from Gunn and Palo Alto High Schools. A former Gunn High teacher who lived through a rash of six student suicides in 2009, is horrified by this new tragic events. One student reportedly said that she was tired of seeing her classmates taking their own lives. She is demanding change from her fellow students, and school officials.

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Winthrop, MA Police investigated a student “suicide pact” and threats made toward four area schools in mid March. The pact was made between two students; one from Tewksbury and the other in Winthrop, according to reports. In her suicide note, a 15-year-old girl allegedly threatened Winthrop High School on social media. This 15-year-old Tewksbury girl has been arrested for allegedly making threats of a school shooting and a “suicide pact.” There were four schools referenced in the threats and they were Winthrop, Tewskbury, Woburn and Manchester, New Hampshire.

According to reports, Tewksbury police were contacted by Manchester police about a female Tewksbury High School student who posted a comment on Facebook that morning indicating that she wanted to “get two guns” and “make a suicide pact.” The information was provided to Manchester police by a concerned citizen who had seen the message on Facebook. The female Winthrop student responded to the “suicide pact” comment on Facebook by stating, “can we shoot up schools first tho”. The Tewksbury female responded by stating, “YO lets do it”. No specific school was mentioned.

Tewksbury officers responded quickly in collaboration with the school resource officers and the School Department staff to locate the Tewksbury Memorial High School student. She was removed from the school, secured by police that morning prior to meeting the other student. Tewksbury police notified Winthrop police, who also acted quickly and located the Winthrop High School student before she made it to school.

Other Stories from the Past:

  • University of AR School Shooting (Murder/Suicide) Vol.16
  • Student Takes Hostages, the Kills Himself (Suicide) Vol. 39
  • Attack Stopped but a Student Kills Himself (Suicide) Vol. 65
  • Bullycide of Daniel Scruggs (Suicide) Vol. 88
  • Suicide By Cop? (Suicide) Vol. 91
  • Student Suicides 2006 (Suicide) Vol. 95
  • Japan – Primary School Violence up to Record Highs (Suicide/Homicides) Vol. 150

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