Second Parkland shooting survivor apparently dies by suicide

A second student who survived last year’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has apparently died by suicide, police confirmed.

The juvenile, whose name has not been released, died by an “apparent suicide” on Saturday night, Coral Springs police spokesman Tyler Reik told HuffPost. The deceased was a current student at the high school.

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Amy Shebes, right, makes her son Charlie , 16, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, breakfast, as he prepares to go to school, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Parkland, Fla. Charlie was at the school last year when several of his classmates were shot. Now, he's going back. Students at the school returned Wednesday, to a more secure campus as they began their first new school year since a gunman killed 17 people in the freshman building. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Charlie Shebes, right, 16, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, gets a kiss from his mother Amy as he leaves for school, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Parkland, Fla. Shebes was at the school last year when several of his classmates were shot. Now, he's going back. Students at the school returned Wednesday, to a more secure campus as they began their first new school year since a gunman killed 17 people in the freshman building. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Charlie Shebes, 16, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, brushes his teeth as he prepares to go to school, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Parkland, Fla. Shebes was at the school last year when several of his classmates were shot. Now, he's going back. Students at the school returned Wednesday, to a more secure campus as they began their first new school year since a gunman killed 17 people in the freshman building. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Student walk to class at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Parkland, Fla. Students at the school returned Wednesday, to a more secure campus as they began their first new school year since a gunman killed 17 people in the freshman building. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Students arrive at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, FL, on the first day of school Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said Wednesday that the start of a new school year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland is "a challenging time" for students, teachers and other school employees. (Joe Cavaretta /South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
Charlie Shebes, 16, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, rides his longboard skateboard to school after parking nearby, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Parkland, Fla. Shebes was at the school last year when several of his classmates were shot. Now, he's going back. Students at the school returned Wednesday, to a more secure campus as they began their first new school year since a gunman killed 17 people in the freshman building. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Charlie Shebes, 16, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, is reflected in his rear view mirror as he drives to school, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Parkland, Fla. Shebes was at the school last year when several of his classmates were shot. Now, he's going back. Students at the school returned Wednesday, to a more secure campus as they began their first new school year since a gunman killed 17 people in the freshman building. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Charlie Shebes, 16, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School rubs his eyes, as he prepares to go to school, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Parkland, Fla. Shebes was at the school last year when several of his classmates were shot. Students at the school returned Wednesday, to a more secure campus as they began their first new school year since a gunman killed 17 people in the freshman building. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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Detectives and the county medical examiner’s office are continuing to investigate the matter, Reik said.

The family of 19-year-old Sydney Aiello confirmed Friday that she had died by suicide after struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and survivor’s guilt after a former student opened fire on the high school last February, killing 17 people and injuring over a dozen others. 

Aiello had been close friends with Meadow Pollack, a Stoneman Douglas senior who was fatally shot during last year’s massacre.

David Hogg, a prominent Parkland shooting survivor turned gun violence activist, shared his grief on Twitter Sunday.

“How many more kids have to be taken from us as a result of suicide for the government / school district to do anything?” the 18-year-old tweeted.

Broward County Public Schools did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Though the details surrounding the second student’s death remain unclear, Dan Reidenberg, executive director of suicide prevention nonprofit SAVE, told HuffPost that PTSD and survivor guilt can be a factor in such situations.

“Teens facing graduations, proms, other major life events knowing that their friends will not be there due to the mass shooting can be really re-traumatized by life events,” he told HuffPost.

Reidenberg said it’s important for adults, teachers and peers to understand youth suicide warning signs, which include changes in academic performance and statements of feeling like they don’t deserve to be alive.

“We need to try and minimize risk of contagion given the situation and media attention around the suicides,” he said. “We don’t want to create panic or fear that this will keep happening, while making sure people know to reach out for help if they are struggling.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HOME to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line. Outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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