Monday: Searching for answers in teen suicides
BY SUSAN HYLTON World Staff Writer
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Last September, 13-year-old Cade Poulos committed suicide in a crowded hallway at Stillwater Junior High.
The act tragically and similarly repeated itself last week when 15-year-old Triston Stephens shot himself in a bathroom at Coweta Intermediate High School.
People have been grasping for answers in the aftermath with the macabre understanding that when there is a shooting at a school in which a suicide is involved, it is often after multiple homicides have already occurred.
Kimberly Parker, director of children’s services at Counseling & Recovery Services, said that there are no definite answers as to why a teenager commits suicide and that there is little research on the psychology behind the setting of the suicide.
“The setting for suicide could indicate concerns the youth had in that environment or it could be the youth thought it was a location where there would be less opportunity for someone to intervene or it could be a location of impulse,” Parker said.
Read more in Monday's Tulsa World.
Students at Stillwater Junior High share an embrace in September on the day after a suicide of a student at the school. Tulsa World file