Southeast Polk struggles with suicides

Southeast Polk struggles with suicides

There are 100 comments on the Des Moines Register story from Sep 23, 2008, titled Southeast Polk struggles with suicides. In it, Des Moines Register reports that:

Three teenage suicides in five months. One question: Why? Southeast Polk High School students wore wristbands in Kyle Johnson's memory when the football team captain shot himself before prom last spring.

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SEP sucks

Des Moines, IA

#43 Jun 1, 2009
You should kill yourself for lack of grammar and spelling.
ILY_SEP

United States

#45 Jun 7, 2009
SEP sucks wrote:
You should kill yourself for lack of grammar and spelling.
yeah, thats mature. Whoever raised you to think it is okay to make your "name" SEP sucks is an idiot just like you are. Grow the hell up, and do us all a favor and think before you say anything stupid again.
SEP sucks

Des Moines, IA

#46 Jun 11, 2009
You are what's wrong with the school system. I actually am on the Dean's List in college and am in MENSA. If you want to feel sorry for a bunch of children babbling over how bad things are in today's world, and think it justifies suicide, or whine about how their spineless friend couldn't handle "the pressure" then have at it, but I don't feel sorry for them at all. A few less morons in the gene pool is fine. Come on in, the water is warm!
sepjunior

United States

#47 Jun 23, 2009
You all are idiots. It's a personal choice and the people made their own choices at the end of the day. As someone who actually went to this school and was close friends with 2 of the victims I don't think it's fair for you 2 dictate their choices. They all had their own issues like everyone does, they just weren't strong enough to handle it. It's not a reflection on the school or other students. And for you to judge and say it is, when you don't even go there is just horrible. I think you all should just let it go, they made their choice and we'll never understand their exact situation and mental state. Arguing about it on a website is not fair.
brittany

Dubuque, IA

#49 Jul 1, 2009
Kay_ wrote:
you guys need to just drop it. you dont know what goes on in their lives. or why they did it. and you cant make assumptions. some people feel they need to do it inorder to be happy. i highly doubt someone would take their life just for "attention" that's rediculous to even think! jesus. and no, i dont go to sep, but i have many friends there and we talk about suicides a lot in my history class.


actually we do know what goes on in there lives they atleast tell some 1 about whats wrong with them. and most of them do it because they dont appretiate what they have or they just dont think there living the life like most people should or its becasue there best friends commite suicide thats why most of them go suicidal and between other things too! so its just not our school thats doing it too theres other schools that are doin it too so its just not our school and yes i do go to southeast polk high school
brittany

Dubuque, IA

#50 Jul 1, 2009
SEP sucks wrote:
You should kill yourself for lack of grammar and spelling.
really you need to grow a freakn backbone and get help im a student at southeast polk high school and im proud of it and i think that you need to stop sayn shit like that thats just messed up right there what you just said in your little smart ass comment!!! and southeast polk doesnt suck so i dont know what ur problem is but if ur goina be discriminating my school well hunny u beta be lookn sum where else to talk shit becasue im not goina stand for it!!!
try to understand

Lucerne, CA

#51 Aug 9, 2009
what most of you who have posted up here has a total lack of understanding...these boys didnt do it for attention Dylan didnt choose to die...the other boys may have done what they did and picked that way but it wasnt because of drugs or for attention...they all had something they thought they couldnt handle and that it would be best that way...KJ was close to our family because he was friends with my cousin and like a brother to a young man we consider family... you have to realize KJ put on an act around every one so we all thought that he was okay and nobody knew the feelings he was hideing...we all try so hard to understand why he did it and being close to him its hard to understand as it is with the other boys we dont understand but we are all trying to and when you go posting your ideas on why they did it and all of your negitive thoughts it makes it twice as hard for us to move on we loved these boys and we dont understand why they thought this up or even why it happend to Dylan but we are trying to move on and all the negitive comments dont help at all **RIP Boys You are our angles we know your watching over all of us**
SEP student

Des Moines, IA

#52 Aug 20, 2009
SEPforlife wrote:
I totally agree!!! Don'ttalk about this whole ordeal when you are not even affected by it and don't know what we are going through! I love that school to death...after all I spent most of my educational experience in that district! I tears me up when I recieve phone calls saying..it's happened again...or did you hear??!! I just can't believe all of the tragedies going on at my school! It hurt knowinng these kids and seeeing them happy one day and gone the next...people don't understand a thing that we are going through...and I know these guys didn't do this for ATTENTION!!!! The star of the football team doesn't die to get attention...it just doesn't work that way.....SEP FOR LIFE!!!
I totally agree.
SEP student

Des Moines, IA

#53 Aug 20, 2009
SEP sucks wrote:
You should kill yourself for lack of grammar and spelling.
HOW DARE YOU!!!!!!!!!!
HOW DARE YOU!!!!!!!!!!

Just the fact that this is about suicide and your saying that!!!!!
Former Student

San Clemente, CA

#54 Aug 25, 2009
Wah...They offed themselves. People die every day. They're the stupid one's that sellfishly killed themselves without thinking of how it would affect their familie's or friend's lives. I have no pity for them just for their loved one's. Everybody at that school makes fun of everyone who isn't "as good as them." No wonder people are killing themselves...sounds like the administration needs to step it up with their anti bullying campaigns and kids need to grow the fuck up!
Ben Purscell

Des Moines, IA

#55 Sep 18, 2009
I'm a junior at SEP and I've been friends with every person that commited suicide. Jeff and I were close. He was dating Brandi Lester when he hung himself and I had a thing for her sister so I hung out with them a lot. But it does suck when ppl comment on how many suicides our school has and when my own family won't let my cousins come here because of how we support gays, the suicides, and apparently we have a drug problem too. SEP isn't that bad of a school, this isn't North or East
six

Des Moines, IA

#56 Oct 15, 2009
okay you say we can't spell.
u said youll it's you'll.
hahh
rachel

Des Moines, IA

#57 Oct 15, 2009
Ben Purscell wrote:
I'm a junior at SEP and I've been friends with every person that commited suicide. Jeff and I were close. He was dating Brandi Lester when he hung himself and I had a thing for her sister so I hung out with them a lot. But it does suck when ppl comment on how many suicides our school has and when my own family won't let my cousins come here because of how we support gays, the suicides, and apparently we have a drug problem too. SEP isn't that bad of a school, this isn't North or East
i so agree!!
anonomous

Des Moines, IA

#58 Oct 15, 2009
SEP sucks wrote:
You should kill yourself for lack of grammar and spelling.
dude wtf u don't know shit thank you very much and this ISN'T ABOUT SPELLING DUMBASS
SYDNEY PARKS

Colfax, IA

#59 Oct 23, 2009
I am so happy that southeast polk is having a good year this year and I hope that it stays that way! I miss Southeast Polk and the people there! I am moving back and can't wait to see EVERYONE! Hope the year stays GREAT!!GO RAMS!!:)
Black Mumba

Des Moines, IA

#60 Dec 16, 2009
I think that what you all said is true but the reason why these students are committing suicide is because they've been spoiled by their parents. What I mean is that these parent are not disciplining them enough.I'm not saying it's the parents fault but if you don't want it to happen you need to talk to your child and be open with them and talk to them about uncomfortable things, so when things pop up like suicide they'll have someone to talk to.
Showtime

Des Moines, IA

#61 Dec 16, 2009
SEP sucks
Hey I go to SEP and I love it there the people that commited suicide just made a choice thats all so be quiet and go live your life and stay out of SEP business.
concerned

Dubuque, IA

#63 Dec 17, 2009
I live and work in this district close to many of the kids and adults trying to put together the pieces of each individual occurrence. The thing that bothers me is, we have news papers and media that continues to report a child's death when it happens...Is this news worthy, do people really feel bad, or is it just another tactic to get people to read the paper or watch the news? What good can come out of reporting this to the entire state? Is it beneficial to anyone else.

I have two boys at the school and they are just as displeased as I am about the press that this continues to receive. So many times it is a race for reporters to find the best (in their minds)stories possible. This isn't a story it is reality folks!

I am sure that most of you have a child or just a loved one at that you couldn't imagine living without. Put yourselves in the shoes and eyes of those families, teachers, police and fire (who have to respond to the calls), and everyone else that at one time or another had made contact with the child. It's not an honor to be reminded of the incident in the paper and news, believe me, I am one of those people I just mentioned.

I will end by saying, Southeast Polk Community School District has been taking heat over this subject since day one. This is not a SCHOOL issue. This is an issue that continues to plague teens and communities all over the nation. No one wants to hear or see another child be hurt, families abandon, and dreams be erased. The district is and has taken on a task that involves kids in the district but isn't a school issue. Human nature is for us to blame in a time of struggle, Don't blame the school, they are grieving also.

Thanks for the opportunity to say my peace.
Emily

Pleasantville, IA

#64 Dec 17, 2009
I think that teenagers at least once will think of suicide. I'm 15 and I've thought if it a few times not gunna lie. People don't nessasarly want attention by killin thereself I mean who would kill themself for attention!! That's their life and their wastin it to get attention? That just first sound right at all. I don't go to southeast Polk but I live around there and for the people who are sayin that other people shouldnt talk about wat happen that doesn't go to that skool doesn't understand that this happens everywere and not just there so beleive people understand
sep alum

West Des Moines, IA

#65 Dec 17, 2009
i can't believe through everything the families, friends & classmates have had to go through with all of these terrible acts people can be so hateful. maybe if people learned to have more compassion things like this would never take place. i don't know what happened to actually caring about other people. everyone has feelings & no one likes to be hurt...so why when everyone has had to go through all this emotional pain does someone write 'sep sucks' & say such terrible things. maybe one day when you have a child you will understand the love & compassion that you are lacking. instead of everyone having to relive all of this they should come together & pray for the families & for healing in that school. they've gone through enough.

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