LITTLETON, Colo. — A group is mourning in Arapahoe County as adults, college students and family and friends work to know the deaths of two college students. The 2 teenagers, who attended Littleton Public Faculties, took their very own lives on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“Such as you, we’re grieving with our college students, colleagues, and group,” Littleton Public Faculties Superintendent Brian Ewert stated.
Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Deputies confirmed on Thursday the demise of a thirteen-yr-previous center faculty scholar who took his personal life. The sufferer’s identify hasn’t but been launched.
Only a day prior, police say a sixteen-yr-previous highschool scholar additionally took his personal life, though they did not present many particulars.
“It’s human nature to really feel frustration, anger, and worry and to search for rationale when individuals in our group are in disaster,” Ewert stated. “Typically easy solutions can’t be discovered.”
The current deaths spotlight a rising state concern that some might not but concentrate on, as there have been eight teenagers who killed themselves in Arapahoe County in 2017 alone.
Simply over midway via the yr, that quantity represents the identical variety of teenagers who took their very own lives in all of 2015. In 2016, police reported seven teen suicide deaths.
Between 2004 and 2015, the Colorado Division of Public Well being (CDPHE) studies 677 youngsters under the age of 20 who took their very own lives, however the state-broad knowledge additionally highlights which counties regularly see these tragedies.
In accordance with the CDPHE knowledge, El Paso County struggles most with youth suicide, reporting one hundred ten deaths in the identical time interval.
Arapahoe County has the second highest quantity, reporting seventy three deaths in the identical span.
Whereas officers like Ewert might not have the ability to present solutions on why these younger individuals take their lives, they’re calling for group motion to assist forestall future lack of life.
“That is when it’s most essential for us to proceed to associate with each other as mother and father, group, and faculties to seek out methods to raised tackle the wants of our households,” Ewert stated.
A plethora of data and assets exists within the state of Colorado for many who are considering suicide and every level to the identical conclusion: Don’t take your personal life, there’s assist out there.