Thoughts on a Suicide


Our relatively small school district has been racked by two teen suicides in the past 48 hours.  I have always felt that the main job of our hormone ridden growth spurt addled teenagers was to do nothing that would permanently affect the rest of their lives. It is during these teen years when highs are always too high,  lows always too low and the contrast much too great that vigilance and understanding by all must be so carefully applied, and even then,  as I have learned over the years  it may still not be enough.

As teachers we all learn from our students  that just one word at the right time can mean so much to a child.  The  problem is finding the right word and the right time. From experience I would guess that most adults and kids who were involved with these children spent time awake last night endlessly wondering what they missed and when they missed it.  All must know that in  reality  in many cases there was nothing there for them  to miss.  For many it will become a load of undeserved guilt that they may carry on their back for the rest of their lives. As I watch and listen to the students and parents of  the community I am reminded once again that suicides are indeed wide ranging weapons of mass social destruction. May the families and friends find peace within themselves.

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About safrisri

I was a school teacher until retirement. I have taught at all educational levels from pre-school to college. My college degree is general science which I arrived at after 5 years and 5 different majors. A degree as it turns out, almost as valuable and in demand as one in Neo-Bulgarian Mythology. I have been around education for around 40 years and can remember when teaching was a pleasant, happy and creative job and our schools were the same. Now I'm the guy sitting on the porch with an opinion on everything.
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