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DPMom

Houston, TX

#21 Dec 15, 2010
I have a son who attends at DPHS, and a daughter who graduated a few years ago after being very closely involved with a boy who committed suicide. There has been at least 1 suicide each year at DPHS over the past 4 years - and that's just what I know of. Statistically, a teenager commits suicide every 100 minutes. I think it's time our schools (especially high schools) start some prevention and suicide awareness programs. I understand there is a fear that talking about it may increase the risk of others doing it, but not doing anything isn't working either.
These kids need to know there is help available, they are not alone, and someone cares.
Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

My prayers go out to all the families involved.
Tabitha

Houston, TX

#22 Dec 15, 2010
Tragic wrote:
How did this child gain access to a firearm?
Look at her Facebook and see the photo of her at a pistol range with a target she has just accurately shot up. Her comments lend themselves to the fact she was a marksman.
Own a gun? Have a teenager? Get a safe.
Who are you to judge... It's negative things like this that lead people to a dead end road, pat your self on the back..
pop

Houston, TX

#23 Dec 15, 2010
DPMom wrote:
I have a son who attends at DPHS, and a daughter who graduated a few years ago after being very closely involved with a boy who committed suicide. There has been at least 1 suicide each year at DPHS over the past 4 years - and that's just what I know of. Statistically, a teenager commits suicide every 100 minutes. I think it's time our schools (especially high schools) start some prevention and suicide awareness programs. I understand there is a fear that talking about it may increase the risk of others doing it, but not doing anything isn't working either.
These kids need to know there is help available, they are not alone, and someone cares.
Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
My prayers go out to all the families involved.
I disagree.
Melissa

Houston, TX

#24 Dec 15, 2010
I want to get one thing straight. Sammy's mom WAS VERY involved in her daughters life. I was often very surprised at how much Sammy still hung around her mother being a senior in high school. I actually saw her mother Thursday night and asked her where Sammy was and told her I was not used to seeing her without Sammy!(Sammy wasn't feeling well that night and her cousin had just taken her home!) So, I am just saying, this goes to show that no matter how much you talk to your children and how close you are...there still may be underlying problems. So...for the person who said that parents get caught up in their own lives and forget that their teens need them...trust me when I say that that is not the case here. Sammy's mother's whole life revolved around Sammy!

And as far as her having access to a gun and knowing how to use one...I am very close to this family and I knew Sammy her complete life and I am extremely sadened and shocked by this whole thing. And still...My children are teenagers and they know where my gun is and they know how to use it. DO NOT JUDGE! Guns are used for other things as well! It's just unfortunate that in the situation that it wasn't used in the correct way. I promise all you judgers...that if a child puts there mind to something they will do it whether it is easy to do or not!
Anonymous

Houston, TX

#25 Dec 15, 2010
Please know that my thought & prayers go out to Sammy's loved ones, friends & classmates. My daughter goes to DPHS & knew Sammy not well (because my daughter is a Soph.) but, she (Sammy) always made time for her underclassmen. She will be deeply missed. My prayers are with you as you try to be strong for your friend! I pray that our Lord God wraps his arms of Love around each and every person she touched & impacted some kind of way!
Melissa wrote:
I want to get one thing straight. Sammy's mom WAS VERY involved in her daughters life. I was often very surprised at how much Sammy still hung around her mother being a senior in high school. I actually saw her mother Thursday night and asked her where Sammy was and told her I was not used to seeing her without Sammy!(Sammy wasn't feeling well that night and her cousin had just taken her home!) So, I am just saying, this goes to show that no matter how much you talk to your children and how close you are...there still may be underlying problems. So...for the person who said that parents get caught up in their own lives and forget that their teens need them...trust me when I say that that is not the case here. Sammy's mother's whole life revolved around Sammy!
And as far as her having access to a gun and knowing how to use one...I am very close to this family and I knew Sammy her complete life and I am extremely sadened and shocked by this whole thing. And still...My children are teenagers and they know where my gun is and they know how to use it. DO NOT JUDGE! Guns are used for other things as well! It's just unfortunate that in the situation that it wasn't used in the correct way. I promise all you judgers...that if a child puts there mind to something they will do it whether it is easy to do or not!
DP mom

Deer Park, TX

#26 Dec 15, 2010
<-----not to be confused with DPMom

I totally agree Melissa. I did not know the family personally, but my daughter, who is also a sophomore at the high school DP MOM 2, also said how Samantha was also so sweet to everyone and families I know that did know Samantha's family said how involved her mom was and that she lived for Samantha 150%. I cringed when I read that comment because I'm sure DPMom didn't mean it that way, but that is sort of how it came across. I do agree with DPMom on one point though, and that is that our high school needs to step up and talk to our kids about this as well as parents doing the same. As I said in my earlier posting, I hugged my kids tighter and I extensively talked to my teenage daughter about what had happened. Although she wasn't super close to Sammy, she was just in shock that someone she did know had done this. She just kept talking about watching her at football games and joking around with her when the cheerleaders and Escorts would be standing around before, during, and after games. My mind can't wrap around it myself. I hope that the high school addresses the situation instead of the usual tactic of shoving stuff that's hard to deal with under the rug. Maybe, just maybe, it could prevent another teen from doing this.
Tragic

Pasadena, TX

#27 Dec 15, 2010
I have no doubts the parents were involved with their child, and this is a true tragedy.

The comments about access to a firearm are the single biggest contributor to the event. A safe, one that secured the gun from this child would have prevented this from happening the way it did.

Second, I've remained in Deer Park after my retirement and doubt that four kids have done this in a row from the school.

Lock your guns up, secure them from your children. Kids hurt others and themselves with guns not locked out of harms way. This is proof.
Boo Hoo

Pasadena, TX

#28 Dec 15, 2010
If you really are concerned about this, don't post anything. The family is probably having a hard time dealing with this tradgedy and don't need to see or hear our B.S. Just let it go and pray for them.
GOOH5

Deer Park, TX

#29 Dec 15, 2010
I agree Boo Hoo! I understand this is a place to discuss happenings around the city, however some things should be left off of here. Although some things have been made public, doesn't give anyone the right to discuss, speculate or even begin to pass judgement.

I've been taught treat others as you want to be treated, if this was a member of your family, how would you feel if people were discussing your business on a public forum?

Blessings to the family and friends that are so in need of it from everyone right now...
Be Real

Deer Park, TX

#30 Dec 15, 2010
The family will be in our prayers.
Kevin

Canton, TX

#31 Dec 16, 2010
Tragic wrote:
How did this child gain access to a firearm?
Look at her Facebook and see the photo of her at a pistol range with a target she has just accurately shot up. Her comments lend themselves to the fact she was a marksman.
Own a gun? Have a teenager? Get a safe.
Yes, this is a tragedy. My prayers go out to the family, I can't imagine what they may be feeling.
On another note, 18 years old is not exactly a "child".
DP mom

Deer Park, TX

#32 Dec 16, 2010
GOOH5 - Honestly, I mean no offense, but the majority of us who came onto the thread did so to offer our condolences to the family and to ask for our city to be praying for them, which is exactly what you did above at the end of the post. I do agree with you that details of what happened do not need to be discussed because nobody knows exactly what happened or what was going through her mind when it happened and it isn't our business.

Tragic - I hate to burst your bubble, but there have been quite a few tragedies like this. I can't attest to the four in a row because I don't know any facts about that statement. However, I do know that 3 students did commit suicide during my four years in Deer Park High School. One of them was a very close friend of mine and the other two ran in another circle of friends I had. All 3 were brilliant kids with potentially bright futures and it was a tragic loss. It was never discussed, it was never dealt with, counselors never extended a hand, and it was shoved under the rug. All I am saying is that I hope the school district makes a better effort at helping the students cope with what has happened. I don't think they should air her personal life or any other details because that is the family's right to have their privacy and I do hope people respect that.
Wrong

Pasadena, TX

#33 Dec 16, 2010
The title of this thread is not a good one to offer condolences to the family. Another one should have been open for that.

The title and first post was to ask about the incident.
DP mom

Deer Park, TX

#34 Dec 16, 2010
I agree with you...it's not. I came across the thread and responded to what another poster wrote, not the the original poster. As I said, MOST of us who posted on here posted condolences and asked for prayers for the family, not all.
Amy

Pasadena, TX

#35 Dec 16, 2010
I pray that all of you who are on here, openly discussing the death of a 17 year old child, never find yourselves in her or her parents place.

The rememberance of Samantha's life is open discussion, but her manner of death should be a private family discussion.

Shame on all of you.

RIP Samantha.
JBG

La Porte, TX

#38 Dec 17, 2010
CrazyOne wrote:
There is no telling what kind of family life this young lady had. I am sure she was abused by her parents somehow. Sometimes the perfect looking family isn't. The mother was probably a Satanist or some crazy religion.
You are an absolute moron and should not comment about situations or people of which you do not know anything about. Have a little respect for the family.
Anonymous

Houston, TX

#40 Dec 17, 2010
DO NOT COME ON HERE DISRESPECT SAMANTHA, HER FAMILY, LOVED ONES, FRIENDS & CLASSMATES LIKE THIS. YOU ARE TOTALLY OUT OF LINE!!
POT HEAD wrote:
Dang another perfectly good cheerleader bites the dust.
Who gets her car?
Anonymous

Houston, TX

#41 Dec 17, 2010
DO NOT COME ON HERE DISRESPECT SAMANTHA, HER FAMILY, LOVED ONES, FRIENDS & CLASSMATES LIKE THIS. YOU ARE TOTALLY OUT OF LINE!!
CrazyOne wrote:
There is no telling what kind of family life this young lady had. I am sure she was abused by her parents somehow. Sometimes the perfect looking family isn't. The mother was probably a Satanist or some crazy religion.
POT HEAD

Moline, IL

#42 Dec 17, 2010
DP MOM 2 wrote:
DO NOT COME ON HERE DISRESPECT SAMANTHA, HER FAMILY, LOVED ONES, FRIENDS & CLASSMATES LIKE THIS. YOU ARE TOTALLY OUT OF LINE!!
<quoted text>
Take it back across the border than.

“Perplexed”

Since: Nov 08

Deer Park

#43 Dec 17, 2010
CrazyOne wrote:
There is no telling what kind of family life this young lady had. I am sure she was abused by her parents somehow. Sometimes the perfect looking family isn't. The mother was probably a Satanist or some crazy religion.
I read your post at 2 am. Went in the restroom and literally vomited, then came back to the computer. I responded to you, but apparantly my choice of words was not acceptable to topix because it would not post. After about 3 hours sleep, let me try this again.
You are a filthy piece of trash. I cannot believe you would get on here under an anonymous name and post crap like that. YOU are the lowest form that a human can get to. No, you are not human. You are the devil himself. Calling yourself crazy one is insulting to someone who is crazy. So, devil, you will not talk about the people I love in this manner. You sick, twisted freak. It is known by most on here where I live and where I work. I challenge you, I DARE you, to come and find me and say those things to me, you coward. Don't hide on this computer with your smart mouth. You come find me. I am waiting with grand anticipation to chat with you about your comment. I have participated on this forum for quite a while and I have never read something as heartless, unfounded, disgusting, or despicable as this. You come find me, you devil. Come on, I'm as serious as I can be. You come find me. Show yourself, you coward. Back up your comments in person coward. Come on, I'm waiting.

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