Boy, 14, Jumps From Bridge

Boy, 14, Jumps From Bridge

There are 30 comments on the Ellsworth American story from Oct 14, 2008, titled Boy, 14, Jumps From Bridge. In it, Ellsworth American reports that:

Authorities were still searching Wednesday morning for the body of a 14-year-old Searsport High School freshman from Stockton Springs who reportedly jumped off the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Tuesday afternoon.

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Houston, TX

#1 Oct 24, 2008
Must be lots of stress living in Maine !

Portland, ME

#2 Oct 29, 2008
What a tragedy. Does anybody know if they found the young mans body?
Brianna Dianne Cousins

Hallowell, ME

#3 Oct 30, 2008
Wow, this is such a tragedy.
its awful that no one noticed that the kid was going through hard times before he went to this level of insanity. I feel bad for the family of the young boy. They should put a 100 foot fense up on the bridge so no one else can jump you think they could learn after 4 people have already jumped./

Hallowell, ME

#4 Nov 3, 2008
Desi wrote:
Must be lots of stress living in Maine !
Just so you know His name was Mark Thomas and he was one of my best friends. You don't need to be saying stupid shit like that about a dead person.

Hallowell, ME

#5 Nov 3, 2008
STOCKTON SPRINGS (Oct 10): Mark "Buddy" "Markie" Thomas Jr. passed away Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008. We are mourning the loss of a child taken too soon. However, Markie would want us to remember him for who he was. Markie was many things to many people. He had a way to make you laugh, just when you needed it.

Born April 18, 1994, in Greenville Junction, he had been on the go since the time he was able to walk.

He was a freshman at Searsport High School and was also enrolled at Waldo County Technical Center. He was a school athlete participating in baseball and cross-country. Many friends and family loved him. He was a very smart and capable young man. Markie was talented with his hands and he held a natural ability to disassemble and repair many things that were offered to him to work with. He also enjoyed racing and working on his stockcar, which he competed with in the Teen Thunder Division at Unity Raceway.

He spent his youngest years doing things with his dad that the average child would not have done so young. Markie was on the road, shifting trucks and hanging out with his dad in the woods, logging. He was all boy; he loved working in the garage. He had excellent mechanical ability for someone his age. He spent hours working directly with his dad and was learning to become a mechanic himself. He learned to drive very early, this he very much enjoyed.

Markie was an inventor of sorts; he could make things from scrap that amazed everyone who knew him. Two summers ago, he had the opportunity to race at Unity. Markie spent hours with his dad making the parts necessary, with Mark Sr., and being responsible for helping install them into his then Toyota. He was grateful to Junior who aided his cause by giving the safety seat needed to finish his project.

If Markie wanted something he found ways to make it happen. He had a great bargaining ability; we often found ourselves aiding his cause because he could make it make sense. He would be done with one project and be dreaming of the next. He was a young man who needed to be busy with his hands. He was forever tinkering with electrical equipment just so he could understand how it worked. He could install complicated sound systems by age 13. Driving was one of his favorite things to do. He was blessed that this was possible for him. He would drive every day on the lot. He was actively working on fixing up what he called "my great gas mileage car." He was very interesting to watch, one day he had it all zupped up with a loud muffler and the next you could barely hear his car rounding the bend of the drive. Markie's favorite car was the Chevy Camaro. He had two; one for parts, one, which he was fixing to sell, both he primered all by himself. He was actively working on his Nissan. He was planning on keeping it for when he received his permit next year. He was looking forward to this. We talked about it often.

We recently talked of the future, his plans, his dreams. He was planning on college, a possible visit to Maine Maritime, and keeping a garage for the five cars he planned on having. He took long rides with his family, exploring and learning.

He had a very stubborn side, but you could talk to him, taking rides in the ramp truck, we had the privilege of watching him operate this piece of equipment. Whenever there was something going on, he was right there to be a part of it.

Most of all, he loved his family, his sisters, Stephanie, Liz and Kim. They are forever bonded in life together; each one has a different story to tell. He was not afraid to hug them or cry with them, he was not afraid to challenge life. He had so many opportunities. He had a short life, but he would want you to know that he lived, he laughed, he enjoyed his friends and family, and that he knows that we will never forget him.

Portland, ME

#6 Nov 4, 2008
No-one, I'm sorry for your loss and thank you for sharing the obituary of your friend. Did they ever find Mark's remains?

Since: Mar 08

Charlestown, NH

#7 Nov 7, 2008
No-one, don't fall for Desi's taunting. For some reason he or she seems to relish hurting others. Desi did the same thing to us when we lost Harrison. Just know that Mark is in a better place and that he would want you to morn the loss and make yourself a better person for having known him. The grieving process in long and hard, but you do learn so much in that process. Know that there are many of us out here who are praying for you and all of Mark's loved ones. No one can take the pain away, but there are so many that can help you get through it. Seek comfort and support with those who like you love and miss Mark. God bless you No-one!

Hallowell, ME

#8 Nov 7, 2008
I don't think they ever did. But then again what do I know...

Hallowell, ME

#9 Nov 14, 2008
The boy whos name is mark thomas. was a good friend of mine. he was always here for anyone who needed help. i really wish someone could have stopped him.=[ rest in peace mark we wont forget you.
if mark had seen all the tears the day after he jumped at school i swear to god he probably would have come back to us. its been over a month and everyone still cries
If tears could build a stair case, and memorize could clear the lane id make my way to heaven and bring you home again.

Hallowell, ME

#10 Nov 14, 2008
I wasn't markies best friend or mabey i wasn't even his friend. but i can say he was the coolest person i knew. he had his own sence of style and he was his own person. whenever i talked with him i felt like i could tell him anything. i miss markie sooo much.

Portland, ME

#11 Nov 14, 2008
Hard times come and hard times go. But please remember, suicide lasts forever. When a person takes their own life, it hurts the ones they love the most. It even hurts the ones who don't know the person. We only get one chance in this life, don't throw it away over something that, later on in life, will seem trivial. Live and learn and keep on.
schreibergirl200 2

Chambersburg, PA

#12 Nov 18, 2008
I was vacationing in Maine when Mark jumped. I stopped at the Penobscot Bridge to go up the tower. I saw the dive teams in the water but just assumed it was a training exercise. Then I learned when I got to the top that a teenage boy had jumped the day before. Back in PA, I've been keeping up with this tragedy, hoping I will read that they found his body. I've read about both boys who went off this bridge, and I wish I would have known them. They both sound like such incredible kids. I send my condolences to both families who lost their love ones on this bridge.

Hallowell, ME

#13 Apr 9, 2009
WOW i cant believe its been 6 months i miss him so much!!! He was my best friend and like my brother!!! When it first happened i didn't know what i would do without him in my life!!! I still don't at times!!!! I wish he was back here with me ALL the time!!!! I would do ANYTHING in the world to have him back!!! Even if it means taking my own life!!! I love him so much!!!!!!!!!!I feel so bad for his friends and family that are going threw the same thing as me!!! ik that things happen for a reason but this is just 1 thing i wish i could take back!!!!!!! I miss you markie and i really dont care who knows but i cry EVERY night over him ever since he died!!!!!!! Well i love him and miss him a lot!!!!!
Love his best frand and the person who misses him the most besides his family
Sick of Maine


#14 Apr 25, 2009
This is becoming common place here in Maine. I think we have to question why. Kids show signs of sadness and depression long before they decide to take their own lives.

I see too many parents who can't be bothered to take their kids to a therapist, parents who would prefer to spend their time in bars and parents who just live in a perpetual state of denial hoping it will go away. Sadly it does not go away.

I am sure his parents are feeling tremendous guilt.

Is it the ignorance, lack of education or just plain old self absorbtion? Whatever finally pushes a child over the edge lives within the home and those of you who knew this boy well, knew what he was enduring.

A person who takes his or her own life simply wants to end the pain that has engulfed them.

My sympathy to those who really did love him.
from searsport

Union, ME

#15 May 26, 2009
Markie was my best guy friend. Actually the day before he jumped i had hung out with him at a friends house, playing guitar hero and swinging on a tree swing. I miss you markie. you have no idea what id do to bring you back.

North Woodstock, NH

#16 Jul 10, 2009
i really wish i had gotten to know mark a lot better. i had known him since i was five years old, about nine years ago, and i don't feel like i got to know him enough. his passing was horrible, either you didn't know him, or you cared about him.

Lexington, KY

#17 Aug 6, 2009
Ayuh wrote:
Hard times come and hard times go. But please remember, suicide lasts forever. When a person takes their own life, it hurts the ones they love the most. It even hurts the ones who don't know the person. We only get one chance in this life, don't throw it away over something that, later on in life, will seem trivial. Live and learn and keep on.
I couldnt agree more. Ive lost many friends to suicide and car crashes and drownings and natural causes and things like that, and it sucks. I dont even know the kid, hell im from kentucky (i know, im a hill-billy) but it still sucks reading about shit like this. That kid was only 14 its sad to hear about people dying so young, especially kids like that who had a lot going for them. But anyways R.I.P

United States

#18 Sep 13, 2009
i couldnt belive this.....MARKIE was my best friend and my boyfriend at that time.i have none him for 4 years.he lost his life at such a young age.when my mom told me that markie just killed hiself i didnt belive her and then my best friend told me that it was true. i still cant get over it till this day.i still break out in tears about this.i will never forget him and the things we did and all our memorys togeither. i will miss him very much and all my prayers go out to his family and friends. we will all miss markie very much.he was the funniest person to be around and he would always make me smile. i would do anything in the world to bring him back.i wish i was their to stop him, or someone else R.I.P mark <33333 i miss you sooooo much.
august smith

United States

#19 Sep 13, 2009
i am fmo belfast is alot of stress in maine. i hope young teens have learned fom this and that when you are depressed go and talk to someone. dont do somthing like this. i miss u markie soooo much..and i love you <33333
the other comment above mine is mine as well.
from searsport

Union, ME

#20 Oct 5, 2009
it's going to be a year in two days markie.

there's not a day where I dont think of you.

love you.

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