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Teenage Suicide Claims More Lives than Active Shooters

All lives are precious. However, the most heart wrenching losses are undeniably the deaths of children. When it comes to our nation’s teenagers, the loss is very acute. Viewed on the cusp of adulthood, the future is bright, or at least it should be. However, teenage suicide is on the rise. The time to prevent these senseless deaths in America is NOW. The first step is to separate fact from fiction. Fact vs. Fiction It’s summer break for most teenagers right now, but before we know it the yellow buses will start appearing around town carrying our children to school. Since the Parkland school shooting, our youth has risen and begun to actively fight against violence in our nation’s schools. I for one commend these teenagers, who demand violence stop at their schools. However, it is important to note and discuss the fact that more teenage deaths are attributed to suicide than at the hands of an active school shooter. Fact The most up-to-date suicide statistics are from a comprehensive report by the CDC in 2015. Although there is no definitive data for suicide attempts, the CDC utilized data from emergency rooms throughout the United States for the report....

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