Second Parkland Survivor Takes own Life
In tragic and deeply sad news, it has been reported that a second Parkland survivor has taken their own life.
The whole Parkland community is in shock and mourning at the news that a second survivor has committed suicide- just a week after Sydney Aiello, who is believed she struggled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the aftermath of the shooting.
The second student, a 16-year-old boy is the second student and survivor to take their own life in just a space of a week. These two deaths have led to renewed calls for greater support for those affected by the mass shooting that took place in Parkland, February 2018.
The state officials, school and local mental health therapy groups are all working together to ensure that extra support and measures are put in place, helping to safeguard and help those who are at risk of taking their own life. The school district and authorities will be giving parents the “Columbia Protocol” a set of six questions to ask their children. Based on the answers given, they will be given emergency resource options.
It was also recently reported that the father of a 6-year-old victim of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012 died of apparent suicide. This is all going on at a time where mental health provisions in the US are being talked about more but the necessary funding and plans are taking too long to be put in to have any real effect on the welfare of the survivors and their families.
Parkland survivor David Hogg, one of the several students to lead a nationwide charge for increased school safety and tighter gun restrictions, stated on Twitter in reaction to the deaths: "How many more kids have to be taken from us as a result of suicide for the government/school district to do anything?" In this, he is sending a powerful message to politicians and legislatures across the United States that more can be done and has to be done to safeguard and protect young people from not just gun violence, but also the traumatic effects it may have on survivors afterwards.
With the number of recent mass shootings and gun violence, in general, taking place in the United States, the number of survivors and victims is naturally going to rise. Thus, mental health care and support urgently need to be provided.
The two recent suicides in Parkland serve as a reminder to those responsible for making mental health provisions: more support is needed than ever.
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