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The Parkland, Florida community is in mourning after 2 teenage survivors of the Parkland school shooting took their own lives last week. Police say a male student killed himself just days after recent graduate Sydney Aiello took her own life.

Both students were on campus the day of the mass shooting that claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year.

Aiello's mother, Cara Aiello, told CBS4 in Miami that her daughter killed herself because of "survivor's guilt". The 19-year-old reportedly struggled to attend college classes because of PTSD.

Police said Sunday they are still investigating the circumstances of the latest suicide, according to the Miami Herald.

A group of 60 law enforcement officials, mental health counselors, teachers and parents attended an emergency meeting to discuss the suicides on Sunday.

Parents who attended the meeting said the Broward County School Superintendent's Office is working to reach out to all parents whose children are out on Spring Break.

The district will give the parents a set of six questions to ask their children. Depending upon the answers, the parents will be given several options including emergency resource services.

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Experts have linked the nationwide rise in youth suicide rates to higher incidents of bullying and the Internet, particularly the peer pressure young people encounter on social media.

In a shocking statistic, one third of children who visited emergency rooms in the United States were treated for suicide attempts in 2018. Of that statistic, 37% were Black children.

A study released in 2017 and presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting found that children and teenagers admitted to hospitals for thoughts of suicide or self harm have more than doubled during the last decade.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta found the suicide rate for children age 10 to 14 doubled from 2007 to 2014. Suicides outnumbered auto accidents in that age group, the report showed.

Dr. Dan Nelson of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center said the media is exposing more children to harmful content "and so kids get exposed to more and more things."

The mental health community is calling on lawmakers to pass laws that limit the age of children who have access to the Internet.

The following are signs to watch for in children who may have suicidal thoughts:

  • Talking to others or posting on the Internet about suicide
  • Discussions about feeling hopeless or a burden to others
  • Gathering information about ways to commit suicide
  • Internet searches about suicide
  • Expressing unbearable emotional pain
  • Visiting or calling people to "say good-bye"
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Suddenly becoming happy or cheerful after a period of depression
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    Experts suggest installing child-protection software on cell phones and other devices to block social media and restrict the content your child views online. Also, routinely monitor your child's computer history to see what sites he's visiting or the search terms he is looking up.

    The 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

    Stock photos by Krisana Antharith / EyeEm / Skaman306 / Maskot / Getty Images

    • Yoni7

      Bless their families. WHERE/HOW are they getting their hands on these guns?

    • Yoni7

      Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
      ____________________
      513 stand up!
      I want to work there.

    • Topic Influencer

      I dont think it doubled. I think its more reported now. The internet been around for a good almost TWENTY years now as we know it. Myspace was 2003.16 years ago. Chat rooms even before that. I get tired of "experts". Sad indeed but it irritates me when something becomes an emerg. etc when it happens as a "trend" for THEIR KIDS.

    • WinterIsComing

      I definitely believe it! Kids are easily influenced. When I was in school only white folks were “cutters” but now I know black “cutters”. Information of how to self harm is spread like wildfire these days. It is important for children to be taught and develop coping skills.

    • Bossy704

      A lot of the young people I've read about chose to hang themselves.

    • SouthsideServesHerWell

      Oh yes, the peer pressure is real on social media with children. Kids fighting hard not feel left out, doing stuff they normally would not do. I have seen people delete photos because they didn’t get enough likes. I fool with social media in spurts, don’t have time to login to talk to irrelevant people everyday! lol!

    • WinterIsComing

      Back in the day you get relief from your bullies at school when you go home. Now the bullies can still harass you online and get others to join in.

    • Ni Ni

      Exactly and they can't live it down when they've made a bad choice. If someone recorded you having sex or took a picture of you back in my day, chances are the evidence is gone (vhs, Polaroid). These kids can't live down nothing. Employers, friends can google them and bam...all your business is on front street.
      They are not given a chance to correct themselves.

    • Rayne

      Just log thee fawk off. Simple. Oh I forgot they need everyone to know what it is they are doing or thinking at all times. ????

    • jazmine

      People get paid really great salaries to point out the obvious. Good for them.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      my heart goes out to these families, smh. these kids are not equipped to deal with the level of trauma they've experienced. plus, these types of suicide can trigger more suicides in that peer group.
      i saw a doc on netflix about a rash of suicides in an Irish village. mind you, it was a 'lower class' existence and uncertain future prospects for the youth of that town contributed to their lack of enthusiasm for life. but, the take-away was the fact that all of the suicides were somehow connected through friendship/acquaintance and how (sadly) the young people seemed to just accept is as a fact of 'life' - not unlike american youth who grow up in violence and openly accept that they may not live beyond their 20s - it was eerily 'normal' for them to consider death as an 'option' for their immediate future plans, smh.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      i was just thinking the same thing.

    • xenaD

      Parents too! Especially young parents, get counseling... take parenting classes... go to the extreme to figure things out!

    • Yoni7

      I think the source that I read the girl shot herself.

    • Yoni7

      I get tired of "experts".
      ____________
      BEEN said this! Damn millennial ass, USC "degree" havin' folks. IJS LOL

    • Yoni7

      JUST read that "Dad of Sandy Hook shooting victim dies in apparent suicide."
      This new year/spring has just begun folks are coming out of hibernation. These seasons change. Something is upon this world. Anybody who has seen Us, does the message and timing of this release coincide with anything that is happening now, in reality?

    • Robert lee Bennett OG

      Lot if these chicks with All these baby daddies is crazy also

    • PetiteButterScotch

      Why tf does disqus keep signing me out I gta sign in every time to post a damn comment wtf

    • WinterIsComing

      So true.

    • Topic Influencer

      Anyone who was born from say 1999 to present day all they have ever known is the digital age. Its a huge part of them. Yes we (adults) can. Log off. But Its hard for them.

    • Ni Ni

      Right, they cant even stand in the checkout line at the sto without taking a darn selfie. I be trying to duck and dodge to get out of their way.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      LOL!

    • Topic Influencer

      old co-worker said her son THREATENED suicide after she TOOK his phone and his laptop.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      d@mn, so sad.

    • Ni Ni

      That's sad, but he's not the only one; they can't live without it or dont want to. Idk if there's a solution...it has gotten out of hand.

    • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

      These poor babies.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      for these tech-age kids, the phone becomes an extension of themselves (the way they see it). they feel cut-off, literally, without it. i don't have the answers either Sway, but something has to be done to create a healthier balance. they've got the whole world in their hands, yet they're helplessly captivated by the very device that gives them unlimited access and freedom to 'roam' ...it's a pickle. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3a5f6182adf7601cc7d6bd7651b790edefe1d56085936c9c74c4b8a2232152d5.gif

    • Renee26

      Did she give em back?? Call it tough love but I would've rolled my eyes so hard at my son. He's used that threat several times... He shut dat ish up when I said I will have his ass committed to the mental ward.

    • Yup, I said it

      They need "likes" and attention to validate their self worth. Plus the internet as an audience suxs. Its gives some people access to exert really mean and cruel behaviors. We need to get back to having self esteem and damn all the internet "likes" "followers" and "friends."

    • Rayne

      You’re right!

    • Rayne

      If I was a parent of some of these kids you can bet that head won’t be buried in a cell phone all day. My sister gives my nieces their phones etc. on the weekend. They still eat at the dinner table together and have healthy conversations. They are 12 & 8. I’ve witnessed this. They’ve shocked me with their vocabulary. I be like ?

    • Yup, I said it

      I would have told him he can get it back when he pays me for the phone and takes over his bill. Put the choice right back on him.

    • Renee26

      Iktr!

    • ALLMINE?

      I don't have any of it..??? foh. And im not fat or ugly. Lol

    • Babe Miller

      Those numbers seem low,it’s like YOUR not trying hard enough

    • Babe Miller

      That’s because you are both retarded

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      you suck at trolling... LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!

    • PlayerP

      Should have posted this here

    • dontgetblocked

      A parent of one of the victim's of the Parkland shooter just committed suicide. Suicide rates are high for every age. I went to my doctor and my nurse asked me a lot of mental health and depression questions. It seems like they're trying to be proactive.

    • PlayerP

      No social media at least until a certain age...but the real tea is what wireless 4g is doing to us, especially to childrens brains and bodies...now they want to give us 5g when it has literally been proven to be deadly...I liken it to social media...bad for ya health

    • Logan Roberts

      You have to stay prayed up & get counseling. This is a different world we live in today.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      Yeah, I wonder about all this radiation and exposure in these 'smart' environments, being physically in constant contact with these devices, everywhere you look more cell towers going up, EMFs, etc.

      But, the demand is for more, better, and faster. What a world. ???

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

      Awesome.??

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    • Brown & Proud

      I dont think you should be able to have social media or internet on your phone until you graduate high school. Kids need to focus on getting an education, and interacting with their peers the old fashion way.. The way we had to growing up. I'm so thankful I never had all this crap thats shoved down these kids throats when I was young. We had pagers and pay phones. It was a simpler time but we were happy and we didnt need to do things for likes or try to reach a standard of beauty that is only achievable through plastic surgery and tranny makeup.

    • Brown & Proud

      Its killing us all softly. Dumbimg us down so we stay compliant. ?

    • Rayscoty

      Wait.. You survived the attack and turn around and kill yourself... bYE

    • PlayerP

      Welcome To The Monkey House...crazy you read old ass fiction and then start to see it manifest in the tangible...you are absolutely right!

    • Irv Patel

      I agree Babe,a lot of loafers on this site

    • Irv Patel

      THEY are watching you.

    • Irv Patel

      I like how you think.

    • PetiteButterScotch

      Oh...

      Hope they can see this

      ???

    • Irv Patel

      Well,it’s not like they are the cream of the crop....

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