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Springfield: Student Suicide Concerns Parents
Parents are in shock after preliminary reports indicate a Washington Middle School student committed suicide over the weekend. Many parents question why a young child would take his life and if it could have been prevented.
A cloud hangs over Washington Middle School, after staff found out a student won't be coming back.
"We got together early this morning as a group to talk about how this day might look and how to communicate with students and each other," District 186 spokesperson Pete Sherman said.
Counselors and staff at District 186 schools are working with students to cope with the death of an eighth-grade student.
"So they can be able to get things off their chest and be able to be with one another," Sherman said. "As we learn more details we'll be able to frame conversations more accurately and more definitively."
The investigation is still ongoing. The Sangamon County Coroner's Office confirmed preliminary results indicate cause of death is suicide.
It's frightening to Anna Jackson, who has kids that go to the school.
"God didn't have a plan for that child to do what he did," Jackson said. "There was something going on in this child's life. He was screaming out for help and there was no help."
According to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, among young teenagers and adults, suicide accounts for 20 percent of the deaths annually. Suicide among males is four times higher than among females. Its the 10th-leading cause of death for all ages.
But for parents, this incident hits too close to home.
"What is the world coming to, are we in hell or are we getting ready to go to hell," Jackson said. "I don't think it could get any worse."
We were unable to reach the parents of the student who died.
District 186 officials say the plan to have a better conversation with the community on this issue once more details are ironed out.
If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or need someone to talk to, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).
Click here to read the full statement from District 186 regarding the student's death.