Three students in Luzerne County have taken their own lives in the past two weeks. Two of them went to school in the Pittston Area district.
The teen suicides have parents, students, school officials, and investigators asking what can be done to prevent this.
The Luzerne County district attorney met with Pittston Area School District administrators Tuesday.
School officials said it’s time to find out what’s going on and how we can prevent tragedies like this from happening again.
Officials confirmed two students in Pittston Area and one in Nanticoke chose to end their lives.
Luzerne County district attorney Stefanie Salavantis said she is investigating claims that at least one of the teens was bullied.
“I do want to ask people if they do have any information to help us to connect this rumor and please come forward and talk to our police departments about it,” said Salavantis.
Senior Karina Hoover says she was bullied when she was younger. She chose to get help.
“There`s always one person that`s there for you. No matter how down you are you can always have that one person who will be there for you no matter what,” said Hoover.
Many parents came to the high school to pick their children up early including Ron Musto who arrived just after noon to get his son Joseph.
“I told my son as soon as it happened that no matter how bad it gets, you can come to us. Nothing is worth what`s going on here right now. Come talk to us about it. If you have any problems with anybody or anyone, just come talk to us. It will be well worth the conversation,” said Ron Musto.
“You’ve got to go to talk to someone because you`re not only hurting yourself but everyone around you. The effect on the school, half the school left today because of this. Everyone`s bawling their eyes out. This is just terrible,” said Joseph Musto.
Experts we talked to say there are no easy answers when it comes to explaining why teens choose to take their own lives.
Carmen Ambrosino, the chairman of the Wyoming Valley Drug and Alcohol center says all kids are potentially at risk because in the teenage years their emotions aren’t as developed as adults.
“Kids try suicide because they don`t see the act as terminal. How hard that act is to believe consider this. When they play video games and the character is dead, they push the reset button and the character comes back to life,” said Ambrosino.
Officials plan to hold a meeting Wednesday at the high school. It will be a question and answer session between suicide experts, faculty members, and students. All are welcome to attend. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
If you, your teen, or anyone you know is feeling desperate, or beyond hope here are some resources available 24 hours a day for free counseling:
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: