Four California students in the same town have reportedly committed suicide since the start of the school year in August, with at least three of the children apparently hanging themselves.
The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department said although the kids lived in the same town of Rancho Cucamonga, located approximately 37 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, they do not believe the children knew each other while attending different schools in the district, KFI reports.
“None of these students attended the same schools,” San Bernardino Sheriff Department Public Information Office Cindy Bachman said, according to KFI. “And there’s no indication that these students even knew each other.”
BREAKING: Officials say four students have committed suicide at four different schools in Rancho Cucamonga in the last 10 days since school started. One of the kids went to an elementary school. @KFIAM640 pic.twitter.com/0dtQy3vRCF
— Corbin Carson (@CorbinCarson) August 21, 2018
The Los Angeles Times reports the suicide victims as being an 11-year-old boy and three high school students. The 11-year-old male was apparently the first to die on August 6, with the death ruled as suicide by hanging.
Further, it’s believed that two of the teenagers also killed themselves in the same manner—less than a week apart. The newspaper, citing authorities, said that a 15-year-old girl died on August 13 by hanging, followed by a 16-year-old girl who took her life the same way August 19.
Details surrounding the third teenager’s death aren’t clear at this time.
Parents who live in the affluent suburb are desperate to help their children, but fear they may not reach them during crucial moments.
“I don’t know what else, what they can do about it,” one mother told KFI. “They’ve talked to parents, they’ve talked to the kids and it keeps happening. And it’s so sad. I don’t know. I don’t know.”
“I ask my son if he’s ever bullied and he seems to get upset,” said another mom. “They don’t want to open up about it.”
The Los Angeles Times tried unsuccessfully to reach school district officials Tuesday night.
If you or a loved one is considering suicide, please call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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