This is very tragic... I am so shocked that a suicide victim could be so young. This doesn't seem normal to me at all, and I honestly never thought depression could ever affect somebody so young and so severely. I was teased some when I was younger, but I never thought of killing myself. It causes me to wonder if depression ran in her family and suicide was common around her.
In high school, my friend's 15 year old neighbor killed himself. We were on the phone talking when his little sister came over and asked us to call 911, because her big brother was in the bathroom and he was going to kill himself. We got off the phone and they called the police, but the boy was already dead... hung himself in the bathroom. I was so shocked then, and thought he was way too young. This story reminds me of that day.
It really bothered me for a while, and I tried to talk about it at school. But I went to a different school than my friend, and everybody thought it was too dark to talk about and would quickly change the subject. I would sometimes wonder if we didn't get off the phone soon enough, or maybe they should have went inside the house and tried to stop him themselves. I originally didn't take the little girl very seriously because we were just kids, but later found out he struggled with depression.
"Never fear. Him is here" - Captain Chaos (Dom DeLuise), Cannonball Run
Mace Windu: Then our worst fears have been realized. We must move quickly if the Jedi Order is to survive.
My imagination was my best toy, the woods my best playground..
Today's kids are too often self isolated in some artificial world while the real world has so much more to offer.
It is sad to see depression in such young children, but I have my doubts that we have heard all there is about this event.
Oracle of Utah
Truth rings hollow in empty heads.
I was a "trainer" (basically a water girl) my first two years and quit because I couldn't stand how these guys were worked. All for a stupid title.
Last edited by tessaesque; 05-28-11 at 06:58 PM.
"Hmmm...Can't decide if I want to watch "Four Houses" or give myself an Icy Hot pee hole enema..." - Blake Shelton
So tragic, so sad. More knowledgeable folks than I have given some of the reasons children can be so stressed, so insecure that they want to kill themselves. Children also kill themselves because they are being bullied, and have not developed the skills to cope. Feelings of being unloved, not good enough, a disappointment, or a constant state of fear because of family pressure or peer threats can also lead to suicidal thoughts in very young children.
When I was a child, I remember repeatedly wishing that I would just die. Maybe then my parents would be sorry that they had hit me, called me names, thrown things at me, told me they hated me and wished I'd never been born. I didn't really believe they'd be sorry. I just wistfully wondered if they would be. I didn't commit suicide, obviously, but I might have tried if I'd actually known how to do it at that age. I'd never heard about people hanging themselves, or taking sleeping pills. Illegal drugs really weren't available back then. The only way I knew how to die was to run in front of a car or to jump off a really tall building (ha! In the SoCal suburbs, where a two-story house is considered a highrise!)... but I was too scared that either way would really hurt. At that age I didn't realize that if I was dead, I wouldn't be in pain. Besides, I'm not even certain I realized back then that death really was permanent. Children do not understand reality the way adults do.
Now the above paragraph is not written by a logical adult. It's written from the perspective of an unhappy, unloved little girl whose brain had not yet evolved enough to understand that my parents' unacceptable behavior was not my fault. When I hear about such a young child crying out for help, then following through it breaks my heart. Kids today, with television and computer games showing easy death followed by a reload-replay, know more ways to die than I did even as a high school senior. Elementary school kids can get access to illegal drugs, guns, rope, and know what to do with them. I wish we lived in a society where people looked out for others instead of rushing past them toward their own lives. I wish we had schools that were well funded and staffed with professionals who could recognize the symptoms of lonely, bullied, and abused children, and had the ability to step in to help. I wish there was a test that anyone wanting to become a parent had to pass before they were allowed to conceive. I wish the world was perfect. But the world is now and always has been a tragic place to live. I hope that poor child is at peace now.
I used to spend a lot of time fishing and hunting. I don't hunt any more (too many hunters, not enough game) but still like to roam the woods and go fishing.
I came close to shooting myself once, but that was accidental. The idea of suicide never crossed my mind.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?