We’ve lost another friend, brother, son, neighbor, student, grandson, nephew, pal, and life. 14 year old Kameron Jacobsen committed suicide this week after relentless bullying about his perceived sexuality. This news comes only two weeks after a classmate of Jacobsen’s at Woodbury High School in Orange Country, NY also took his own life.
Facebook released the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of these students, and our hearts go out to their family and friends. These cases serve as a painful reminder of how people can help others who are either bullied or show signs of distress on Facebook. We encourage them to notify us, and we work with third party support groups including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to reach out to people who may need help. Our Safety Center also contains resources on how to help people who are in danger of harming themselves. These deaths are a loss to many, and it’s critical that we all work together to give hope to teens who may be feeling similarly.”
Absolutely tragic. These suicides need to end NOW.
Are you feeling desperate, alone or hopeless? Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.