Student at Ygnacio Valley High School Attempts Suicide During 6th Period Class

March 2, 2012 17:15 pm · 139 comments

A student at Ygnacio Valley High School attempted suicide during a 6th period class on Friday, according to Mount Diablo Unified School District Superintendent Steven Lawrence.

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101 Mec17 March 3, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Tinerbell, please thank them for their heroism. I have kids at CVHS and I cannot imagine.

102 Speaking of cheating ... March 3, 2012 at 10:53 AM

To CVCHS Parent

I know several kids who attended to Clayton Valley and graduated several years ago. There were several suicides and suicide attempts by CVHS students during their 4 years attending school there — so don’t think Clayton Valley students are immune to these types of issues.

103 Anon . March 3, 2012 at 10:55 AM

To CVCHS Parent

I know several kids who attended to Clayton Valley and graduated several years ago. There were several suicides and suicide attempts by CVHS students during their 4 years attending school there — so don’t think Clayton Valley students are immune to these types of issues.

104 Anonymous March 3, 2012 at 10:59 AM

@CVCHS Parent = Ignorant…enough said!

My child was in the classroom with this child when it happened. I have to say that the YV Administration and MDUSD both acted quickly, responsibly and professionally in assuring this child was helped and parents were notified. My applause goes out to the kids that took action to help. This is a very scary scene to have witnessed and they should truly be commended. Also, take advantage of counseling services being offered if this has affected you in any way.

105 Sad March 3, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I feel sorry 4 the teen & his family. Hopefully, he will get the help he so desperately needs.
However, for teens w/o depression, life really isnt that hard. Go volunteer for a summer at an orphanage in Kenya and then tell me how hard life is. We as Americans have it so easy compared to the rest of the world.

106 Can anybody give us an idea March 3, 2012 at 12:10 PM

of what happened? No names, but just an idea? I’m assuming their wasn’t a weapon involved, nor a rope, so was he cutting himself?

I’m just trying to envision the scene and how the others came to his aid.

Thanks.

107 Stealthy Mama March 3, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I hope this kid gets a lot of help and support that will completely erase the memory of himself attempting to take on his life and just focus on thinking that each day is a brand a new day. Think positive & don’t think too much about the problems that’s goin’ on in one’s life. Just take it one day at a time.

108 Teacher wannabe March 3, 2012 at 12:31 PM

@Anon #47. To paraphrase Sean Connery in “The Untouchables”. Who would claim to be that when they are not.

109 #1mom March 3, 2012 at 12:35 PM

@ cvchs you do not know what this kid is going through your school is no better so think before you speak.

110 Panic isn't logged in March 3, 2012 at 12:41 PM

You guys are so ignorant; suicidal feelings can affect anyone at any point in time, and the student in question was perfectly valid with his feelings. I wish they went and talked to someone about it though. We don’t know anything about the student, so how can we judge them? For all we know, they could have grown up in an abusive environment, and felt there was no way out. They might have been burdened with the weight of the world, God only knows I feel like that often enough.

Why don’t the ignorant screwheads go volunteer for a crisis center, because you’re just going to sit on your rich white asses and complain here on claycord, anyways. Go deal with some trauma secondhand, and I can promise you’ll feel differently.

111 Concordian March 3, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Cry me a river. This kid is just an attention junkie. I’m going through difficult times, so is everybody else. Should have done it at home so that nobody could save them.

112 Real Clayton Parent March 3, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Why do you believe that “CVCHS Parent” #11 is really a Clayton Valley Parent? I am putting money on Troll or Hater.

113 Doogie March 3, 2012 at 3:38 PM

I love these people that come on here and every time they don’t agree with something being said or it’s not in their “reality” They say all you LIBS! Yeah thats what this kid needed some more good old fashioned Republican Christianity! They are always so loving and caring.

114 ~M~ March 3, 2012 at 4:02 PM

@ #23″ What is hard about being a teen?”
You don’t have to be a trouble maker or into drugs or be in with the bad crowd to find being a teen difficult. That is great that you avoided getting raped/molested, abused at home, you always had food on the table, all the adults in the home were employed, your parents didn’t get divorced or if they did… you took it SO well. You were never bullied or made fun of. I am glad all of your FB friends avoided tragedies and difficult times. Even kids who act like angels and follow the rules can get depressed or have something in their life that happened that they can’t deal with emotionally. Not every child is so fortunate or equipped to cope. At least you were right about one thing… that you are puzzled, and do not “get” it.

115 Daisy March 3, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Concordian, it is people and kids like you that causes these awful events. The lack of empathy in our schools and community have become rampant. I can’t even relate to your chilling and heartless declaration. I pray you’re not a parent because your lack of compassion has surely been passed down to your children. Perhaps it is your “difficult times” that have led you to make such a vile and “attention getting” statement. Get help.

116 CHHRISTINE March 3, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Dear Parents of this teen,
Tell him you love him every day.
Don’t ever not know where he is.
Find out why and don’t expect a doctor or a pill to completely fix it.
A parent’s love is not replaceable with a stranger or a pill.

117 Tinkerbell March 3, 2012 at 6:09 PM

I am really disappointed in some of the comments being made, I am so proud of my son for what he did, where as some of the adults on here probably wouldn’t have done anything to stop this kid from harming himself. It’s a shame that instead of looking at the positive that he is getting the help he needs, people want to blame him for his actions. He is a child, and maybe didn’t have a support system in place to help him cope. Instead of beating him down like a bully would do, be thankful that he is ok. Would you be making these same comments if it was your child, sibling, niece or nephew?

118 skippy March 3, 2012 at 6:42 PM

I think everybody needs to calm down before they burst a blood vessel.

119 anon March 3, 2012 at 6:58 PM

I knew this kid in middle school. He was always very hard on himself. Myself and most of the school knew this. While I was not mean to him at all, I could have given him more attention. I know this has happened in other places so I should just always do this, but this incident has in a way inspired me to give more attention to others and be especially nice.

120 ana March 3, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Nobody should assume to know what motivated this young person to act as he did. I’ve had plenty of days when I felt down, but never to the point of wanting to end my life. I can’t even imagine what despair like that must feel like. For that I am thankful, and I feel compassion for everyone who was personally affected by this.

121 mika March 3, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Note MDUSD always has counselors available for school crises after the fact. Why can’t they have counselors available to students BEFORE a crises occurs.

122 commoncents March 3, 2012 at 7:16 PM

121 – because we spend more money on Prisons than education and it’s support structure – oh yea – let’s put some more of those weed smokers away….

by the way anyone who posts anything but support for this young student is one sick mf’er. Looks like there’s a few out here.

123 Anon March 3, 2012 at 7:25 PM

This is very sad. This CHILD needs love and support right now.

I am very curious how the child attempted this in a classroom during class. I am a teacher and am very aware of what is going on my class. Where was the teacher when this happened? I do understand how every situation can be different. I don’t put blame on the teacher at all as I don’t know any of the details. I just can’t help but wonder.

124 CVCHS Student March 3, 2012 at 7:49 PM

@CVCHS Parent.

Never in my entire life have I felt more ashamed of a parent. You are the one who is selfish. All of my heart goes out to the family of the student who attempted suicide. Any student could be going through something like this and I feel as though we should try to help as much as possible. I do understand why this student would feel the need to take their own life, but I also understand that it is absolutely necessary to help the ones who have this feeling. What some students classify as “sad” may be absolute agony to other students, so please have a heart and try to see all sides of the story. And besides, this could’ve been your student, or your child’s friend, or even your own son/daughter.

125 The Dude March 3, 2012 at 9:02 PM

@ Tinkerbell

We got it already… you son helped a fellow student. You can stop patting yourself on the back… he did what any human would have done. And while we’re gettin’ real, let’s all admit what this ‘suicide attempt’ truly was… a troubled teen screaming for attention. Anyone who actually wanted to kill themselves would not do it in a crowded 6th period classroom. This is a non-story.

126 Daisy March 3, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Tinkerbell,
Don’t waste another minute thinking about this comment section. It is disturbing that some people can be so judgemental and unfeeling but you’ll notice they are distinctly in the minority. Your son is obviously a kind and moral young man. You should take enormous pride in his compassion and willingness to help someone in such a crucial situation. I hope you have more of his kind at home. As you can see, the world needs them.

127 Susanne Renner March 3, 2012 at 10:02 PM

http://www.challengeday.org

Thank you to all who took the time to have compassion for the situation. My brother attempted suicide when he was in high school and I was the one who rescued him from the rope. If people took the time to get to know one another and realize we have much more in common than we do differences we can begin to have connections and not feel lonely or separate or isolated. Kids and adults…..

128 Perry March 3, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Maybe if EVERYONE practiced being nice to everyone, we wouldn’t be reading stories like this in the first place.

129 teeg March 3, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Angelique I don’t think I saw anyone yet comment on what a sweet thing that was that you wrote. I actually went to church tonight with my Mom it was all she wanted for her 63rd birthday, I hadn’t been in a LONG time. Towards the end they had anyone who was going through an especially hard time to raise their hand, then they had everyone near them rest a hand on their shoulder for the rest of the service, I know it was only symbolic but it was really uplifting. I know prayer doesn’t cure mental ills but it made me think that maybe giving someone a symbolic pat on the shoulder can make all the difference in their world

130 d complete March 4, 2012 at 9:00 PM

How did the kid attempt suicide? Lets get to the f-ing bottom of this. We all want to know. So if your kid helped rescue the boy, then tell us what freaking happened! We can go on and on about police chases or fires on here, but we can get no clarity on a kid trying to kill himself in front of about 30 other kids! Come on man.

131 Marni March 4, 2012 at 9:36 PM

When you attempt it in front of people, it is a cry for attention, sympathy. He was probably scared to do it alone. I get a strong feeling someone did him, wrong, be it a classmate, teacher or girlfriend. Yes, life is tough, but never worth ending. I hope they give him the anger management and counseling he needs.

132 Mik March 5, 2012 at 12:08 AM

It very well could have been a cry for attention, or maybe a desperate cry for help. From what I understand after reading the comments, this young man was bullied. Bullying is a horrible and vicious act that makes a huge impact on the person being bullied. Its a sad, sad generation now. Who knows why he did what he did, but at least he’s getting help. Let this be a lesson learned to show the people you love, that you love and care about them everyday, you never know how they’re really feeling. Depression and suicide are no joke. Hopefully the kid heals and thank goodness for the kids who helped out of the goodness of their hearts. Very brave of them to help.

133 Hotdoggirl March 5, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Since you need to know the gory details to satisfy your sick hunger for other people’s pain – He was only in 9th grade and he tried to kill himself by slashing his wrists and throat with a pair of scissors. The school is holding a meeting today to address the issue and hopefully prevent this from happening on campus in the future. Hats off to the students that jumped in to help and the staff and parents who continue to offer their support!

134 NormalPerson March 5, 2012 at 12:56 PM

If you try to kill yourself and fail you now have a real reason to kill yourself. grow up and deal with the people around you. i was bullied as a kid and i survived. its life, get over it. kids these days are such drama queens, they cant handle a little bullying and tormenting. its high school, theres nice people and mean people. stick with your own kind and learn to deal with it. if you dont want to be made fun of then change who you are.

135 G March 5, 2012 at 1:09 PM

When a person feels Helpless, Hopeless and Overwhelmed they shut down and isolate. If a person asks “how ya doin’ ” they may say “fine”. Coping skills vary and, from what I have seen, schools do a poor job of education in the area of mental health until a crisis or incident happens.

136 i was bullied March 5, 2012 at 1:55 PM

“i was bullied as a kid and i survived”
Look at that statement and the entire post, why the small letter i ?
I would say after reading your post, You Were effected.

137 Jean March 5, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Horrified to see the emotional zombies are still weighing in. Bullying is different today plus you have no idea what the child’s home life is like. You are not a “normal person”. Clearly, as Jennifer Aniston would say, you have an emotional chip missing. All situations are different. There is no one size fits all response to these situations. Grow a heart, those who have criticized this CHILD. Walk in his shoes and then shoot off your mouths about how you would respond. Your posts aren’t any different from the torture he received at school. I guess it proves bullies never grow out of their behavior.

138 TT March 5, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Bullying does have quite an effect on you. I was bullied in middle school and had some counseling which helped a lot. Thankfully I have a great family… but now in college I am having an extremely hard time with self esteem. It seems like ever since being bullied my self esteem goes up and down and now I’m very sensitive with anything.

It’s sad that these parents are the ones teaching their children to be so hateful and heartless. I’m glad there are some good people out there and so they happen to be at YV.. I went to YV and not everyone there were a bunch of losers with no heart..

139 mom March 8, 2012 at 5:50 PM

My own daughter has been faced with bullying so I can understand the situation this student was in. She decided to stand up and ended up losing some friends because of this but we wanted to support her. The reality is that there is more bullying going on in middle and high school these days then is talked about and with Facebook and Twitter it’s made it even easier. Just recently my daughter has some girls talking about her on one of the social networks. Of course they were very indirect about it but it was clearly obvious. My heart goes out to the student and his family and I pray that they will be able to overcome this soon.

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