A crowded community in northwest Michigan destroys after a string of student suicides, according to reports.
The Kingsley village, home to 1,600 people, is looking for answers to the situation of three deaths within eight months, reported by Record-Eagle of Traverse City.
The Kingsley School District was first struck in June by the murder of 16-year-old DeAnte Blane. Four months later, the death of 14-year-old Kayden Stone sent the town back to a state of loneliness.
Now, hundreds of people gather to breathe a 14-year-old Shealynn Pobuda, who took her own life earlier this month, the newspaper reported.
"The death of any student has a great impact on the school, and the passing of any child greatly affects the whole community," superintendent Keith Smith told Record-Eagle. "When we were the first out of school, we were so surprised that before we returned to school, we were the second one, and that we were really returning to our heels, then we had this one. convinced of himself and herself. "
Smith said Shaelynn's death on February 3 was a breach of what he described as a" Norman Rockwell-esque, small town of all Americans. "
"I'm sitting and shouting an hour," he told the Washington Post. "I can not get more of these … you only find emotions."
The school district has partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to include more curriculum outreach. Other efforts include parenting events to increase awareness.
"If there is an outside parent who thinks they are free from these, they are naive and perhaps a little ignorant ̵
The Kingsley issue is fighting against showing national trends. The rate of suicide has been sufficient for children aged 10 to 17 years old, increasing by 70 percent between 2006 and 20016, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"We just need to make sure we have systems at school places, not just Kingsley," says school psychologist Marv Nordeen at Record-Eagle.