Edmond Community Bands Together After...

Edmond Community Bands Together After Spike In Teen Suicides

There are 10 comments on the News9 Oklahoma City story from Jan 31, 2012, titled Edmond Community Bands Together After Spike In Teen Suicides. In it, News9 Oklahoma City reports that:

A community is banding together and standing up against suicide. This all comes after police say three Edmond teenagers took their own lives within a two-week period.

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“Jesus beat satan”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#1 Jan 31, 2012
Could this be the result of the insertion of the evil alien's genes?
Double HAHA

Oklahoma City, OK

#2 Jan 31, 2012
Zena after posting one of her idiotic posts:
&fe ature=related
hermit

Coweta, OK

#3 Jan 31, 2012
Typical selfish white bread mentality, how about the fact that suicide among our troops has outnumbered combat deaths in two wars that are questionable at best.

Since: May 09

california

#4 Jan 31, 2012
Edmond Community Bands Together After Spike In Teen Suicides
Posted: Jan 30, 2012 7:20 PM PST Updated: Jan 30, 2012 7:20 PM PST
By Michael Konopasek, News 9 - bio | email

Since the tragedies, Edmond Public Schools and the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City have been counseling students. Since the tragedies, Edmond Public Schools and the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City have been counseling students.
EDMOND, Oklahoma -

A community is banding together and standing up against suicide. This all comes after police say three Edmond teenagers took their own lives within a two-week period.

Three different schools in Edmond have been suffering in recent weeks.

Police and school leaders in Edmond say the recent loss is the first time Edmond has seen a tragedy quite like this. From January 13 to January 26, in just 14 days, three young lives were cut short in Edmond.

"It makes you wonder what in the world can be so bad that they can do that," Edmond resident Carol Horton said.

The recent deaths are leaving police officials in shock.

"We've never had this kind of tragedy ever in Edmond before," Edmond police spokeswoman Glynda Chu said. "We hope we never see it again."

In Oklahoma, suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens. The recent victims include a 14-year-old boy from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, a 17-year-old boy from Edmond North High School, and a 17-year-old boy from Edmond Memorial High School.

"If we can find any good out of this it will be maybe to save somebody else's life who may be considering this," Chu said.

Since the tragedies, Edmond Public Schools and the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City have been counseling students.

In a Statement, the Catholic Church in Oklahoma City says that the entire faculty of St. Elizabeth School volunteered their time to gather during a school holiday to prepare teachers to talk with students. And, in a note sent home to Edmond Memorial parents, the principal wrote in part, " the well-being of your children is our greatest concern; we love them as we do our own children."

"Suicide is about ending pain, a pain that feels like it's never going to go away," Lisa Harper of Heartline, a suicide prevention call center, said.

Harper says if you suspect a loved one is considering suicide, you should talk to them about it and do not be afraid to face the issue head on.

"You have to be direct," Harper said. "If you're not direct, you're not likely to get a direct answer."

Heartline says the following are common suicide warning signs:

Withdrawing

Isolating oneself

Giving away prized possessions

Acting down and depressed

Anger

Drastic changes is normal behavior

Drug and alcohol abuse

Heartline recommends being a good listener to anyone who opens up about suicidal thoughts. Heartline says Oklahoma ranks as the 8th worst state in the country for suicide.

If you need help, you are urged to call 1-800-273-TALK.

Due to the recent deaths, the Edmond Police Department says it will start a suicide prevention awareness campaign.

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hermit

Tulsa, OK

#5 Feb 1, 2012
The Edmond Police Department need to concentrate on the crimes they're not solving like the Hedger child murder case instead of pandering to sympathy issues like poor little teens from the good side of town who aren't happy in life.

“Jesus beat satan”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#6 Feb 2, 2012
OMG! Were those kids catholics???
Double HAHA

Oklahoma City, OK

#7 Feb 2, 2012
Zena Princess wrote:
OMG! Were those kids catholics???
No, they were from outer space, like your little round orb visitors.

“Jesus beat satan”

Since: Nov 07

Location hidden

#8 Feb 4, 2012
Double HAHA wrote:
<quoted text>
No, they were from outer space, like your little round orb visitors.
If you are in this city and need some help, let me know and I will give you phone numbers.
Concerned

Nashville, TN

#9 Feb 5, 2012
I am just wondering what is wrong with nearly everyone here? These situations are sad and do not need nor deserve your wacko statements.
hermit

United States

#10 Feb 6, 2012
Concerned wrote:
I am just wondering what is wrong with nearly everyone here? These situations are sad and do not need nor deserve your wacko statements.
I'm a very jaded "pragmatic realist"

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