One day short of a month exactly from the horrendous tragedy of the Parkland, Florida school massacre, another deadly shooting has taken place. This isn’t the first since February 14, when 17 people were murdered by a former student, and now authorities are fearing the worst and warning Americans about what’s to come.
First, it was a high school, then a shooting at a middle school, now the tragedy has his an elementary school. The victims just seem to be getting increasingly younger. Authorities are now urging everyone to be on high alert as there’s something far bigger at play here than random acts of violence and suicide at schools.
Unfortunately, the Nation has been rocked once again by this horrible reality after a 10-year-old was just discovered.
Montana Standard reported, Counselors and school district officials were on hand Monday at Kennedy Elementary School after a fourth-grader died at home Sunday night, said Butte School Superintendent Judy Jonart.
The suspected cause of the 10-year-old boy’s death was suicide, Butte-Silver Bow County Coroner Lee LaBreche said Monday. The body of the child was transported Monday to the state crime lab in Missoula, LaBreche said. Foul play is not suspected. The medical examiner wanted to perform an autopsy because of the child’s age. Having a child that young commit suicide is very unusual, LaBreche said.
Butte-Silver Bow County Public Health Officer Karen Sullivan said officials with the county’s Community Action Team were part of the counseling effort to help the school cope with the news. Sullivan co-chairs that group, along with Butte School District Curriculum Director Jim O’Neill.
The group formed in early 2014 in response to three youth suicides that took place in the county over a span of five weeks. Over the past three years, suicide attempts by children in B-SB have dropped, Sullivan said Monday.
The group has trained more than 1,500 students to recognize the warning signs of suicide, Sullivan said.
“We have a child who died. We have to strengthen our resolve and keep doing the things we’re doing, but it doesn’t make this weekend’s events any easier,” Sullivan said.
Last month, we reported about a middle school being put on lockdown after a 7th grader shot himself in the boy’s bathroom at his school. The student had plans to shot more people in the school but after having second thoughts ended up shooting himself and he died from his injuries. He even had a backpack full of extra ammunition, bottle rockets, and batteries.
When a child commits suicide the inevitable debt begins, the left news outlets focus on what the killer used to do the killing rather than the person who took their own life and why. It’s not just the gun debate that is sparked by these tragic events, it also triggers the next mentally ill person waiting in the wings for his 15 minutes of fame.
It is beyond tragic that elementary aged kids are committing suicide in a time of life that’s typically innocent and filled with simple joys in life. It draws the question of prevention. Perhaps parents need to be more involved in their kids’ lives to ensure they get the love and quality attention they need and address mental health concerns they see. What’s also crucial, is to consider keeping young elementary aged children off of social media sites as it can contribute to the prolific problem of bullying or other causes for depression that lead to these desperate measures the country is seeing more frequently.
If you see your child or any child struggling or showing signs of depression or any mental health issues, get them the help that they need. Don’t put it off because it could be too late by the time you get around to it.