Carlisle police confirm second teen suicide in one month

Police confirm a 17-year-old boy committed suicide Tuesday night, the second teen suicide in Carlisle reported in one month. (KATV Photo)

A 17-year-old boy committed suicide Tuesday night, according to Carlisle Police Chief Eric Frank.

This is the second teen suicide in just one month in that town. On April 25, another Carlisle teen - a 16-year-old boy - committed suicide.

On Wednesday, the Carlisle School District posted to its Facebook page about the latest death.

The district's superintendent, Jason Clark, told Channel 7 News the faculty and staff are devastated.

"Our primary concern is offering support and taking care of the students that are here at the high school," Clark said.

Professional counselors and staff have been on hand all day at the high school to counsel students. Carlisle High School counselor Andrea Fortner told Channel 7 News the best thing parents can do is to listen to their kids.

"When a child comes to you with some of these signs or you notice they're crying out for help, to take that seriously and take it to the next step to get some help for your child," Fortner said.

Fortner says suicide is preventable and that it's important for parents to recognize signs of possible depression or suicide, which can be found at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

"It doesn't have to happen and as long as parents are aware and becoming engaged in their children's life, then there are steps that can be taken to make sure this can be prevented," Fortner said.

Teen suicide is a problem across the country. According to the CDC, suicide is now the second leading cause of death for teens ages 15 to 19.

The national suicide hotline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or TEXT TALK to 741-741.

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