A closely-bound community in the northwest of Michigan is shaken after a number of student suicides, according to reports.
The Kingsley School District was first rocked in June by the suicide of 16-year-old DeAnte Blaine. Four months later, the death of 14-year-old Cayden Stone once again sent the city into a state of sorrow.
Now hundreds have gathered together to complain to 14-year-old Sheilin Pobuda, who took his life earlier this month.
"Every student's death has a great impact on the school, and the death of every child affects the entire community," said Keith Smith to Eagle Records. "When we first got out of school, it certainly shook us. Before we went back to school, we had the second one and it really took us back to the heels. Then we had this one. Each of them is incredible in its own right. "Smith said that the death of Shellin on February 3 was a breakthrough in what he described as" Norman Rockwell, a common American small town. " he called for the Washington Post. "I can not take more than that … just overcome emotions."
The School District joined forces with the American Suicide Prevention Foundation to include more work in the curriculum. Other efforts include parenting events to raise awareness.
"If there is a parent who thinks they are released from it, they are naive and perhaps a little ignorant ̵
The problem Kingsley fights reflects the national trend. The rate of suicide dramatically increased in children aged 10 to 17 years, increasing by 70% between 2006 and 20016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"We just have to make sure we have systems in all schools, not just Kingsley," said school psychologist Marv Nordain to the Orel Record.