Reader: The Media Should Stop Reporting About Suicides

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Our post remembering Ty Folsom, one of three Frederick High School students to commit suicide over a two-week period, generated a great many poignant and heartfelt responses, as well as many suggestions about how to improve the situation. This one puts some of the blame on the media.

See also: R.I.P. Ty Folsom, One of Three Frederick High School Student Suicides in Two Weeks

Tyler Rierson writes:

The most important thing is to STOP REPORTING ON THEM. If you give it no attention and not a single person a school says anything, the next day these will all stop because the kids that are doing it are doing it for attention. If they weren't, they would have done it in a more private way. If you take away the main reason, you at least have a chance at solving the other reasons.

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