Wisconsin School District Faces 7th Student Suicide in 2 Years
POSTED: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 2:33pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 14, 2011 - 3:44pm
KAUKANA, WI— A Wisconsin school district is facing its seventh student suicide, and parents are saying enough is enough.
A student committed suicide recently, becoming the seventh student to commit suicide within the past two years. Two teachers have also taken their lives within the past two years. Parents and the Kaukana community are now trying to push the district to have a better suicide prevention plan in place.
The organization Life Promotion was called in to assist the school district in November of 2009 after two teen suicides. The organization said prevention needs to start at school and at home. The organization said listening is key, and teens who are suicidal need to find a solution to their problem that isn't death. In 8 out of 10 suicides, the victim gave a verbal warning, and sometimes parents, Tammy Borden with the organization said, don't take seriously or tend to ignore.
The school district released a statement on the incident that read:
“The District is deeply saddened by the tragic and unexpected loss. The district extends its sincere condolences to the family during this time of mourning.”