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Student, teachers share personal experience with suicide

As Suicide Prevention Week draws to a close, it’s vital to remember that though the week may be over for 2012, the issue must remain fiercely in everyone’s thoughts and hearts. Suicide, when it occurs, is devastating beyond belief. It seems distant, only ever affecting some remote person in the news, but the statistics are stunning.

For Americans between the ages 15 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death. Whether people care to acknowledge it or not, suicide, regardless of how unwelcome it may be, mutilates so incredibly many lives. Each and every human being owes it to those who have been affected to care, to offer compassion.

In this video, junior Maribeth Eiken talks about the suicide of her brother Stuart Eiken, a former student here; Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Jennifer Mast speaks about the suicide of her brother Michael Mast; and Jeff Junior High School English teacher John Clowe reflects on  the suicide of his father, Gerald Clowe.

Video by Urmila Kutikkad

Music by Daphne Yu

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Laurel Critchfield September 15, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Great job, Urmilla! The video is fantastic! Brought tears to my eyes…

Ben Humphreys September 15, 2012 at 8:40 pm

This is a very well constructed movie. Thank you for sharing

Hagar Gov-Ari September 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Wow, excellent video. and Daphne, the music was great.

Eryn W September 15, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Wow! This is incredibly powerful. It really made me think about how precious life is and how important it is too be a decent person to others. You just never know what other people are going through.

Trisha Chaudhary September 14, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Also, Daphne, the music was extraordinary!! So impressive.

Trisha Chaudhary September 14, 2012 at 11:06 pm

This was phenomenal. It gave me chills. I really feel for the families who go through this, and want them to know that we will always support them at RBHS.


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