Second Parkland School Shooting Survivor Dies by Apparent Suicide

Earlier this month, Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Sydney Aiello died by suicide. According to her mother, she had been diagnosed with PTSD.


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A second survivor of last year's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has reportedly died by suicide.

A 17-year-old Parkland sophomore reportedly died by suicide Saturday night, according to comments given to the Miami Herald by Coral Springs police. The student's name has not been released yet. Per additional local reports, the death is under investigation.

In a series of tweets Sunday, Parkland shooting survivor and March for Our Lives activist David Hogg urged for more open communication on dealing with trauma. He also tagged Trump, criticizing the money he throws away on frivolousness like Mar-a-Lago trips instead of making a real push for mental health reform.

Stop saying “you’ll get over it.”

You don’t get over something that never should have happened because those that die from gun violence are stolen from us not naturally lost.

Trauma and loss don’t just go away, you have to learn to live with it through getting support.

— David Hogg 🟧 (@davidhogg111) March 24, 2019

Also putting a msd strong sticker on everything and acting like everything is fine while everyone is in pain yet no one is talking about it is not how we stop this.

— David Hogg 🟧 (@davidhogg111) March 24, 2019

If @realDonaldTrump can spend $91,000,000 on golf trips to Maralago while our kids suffer from trauma he can fund mental health.

If mental health is your solution PLEASE make that a priority. Please allocate that money.

— David Hogg 🟧 (@davidhogg111) March 24, 2019

The previous weekend, Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Sydney Aiello died by suicide. As revealed by her family in subsequent reports, Aiello had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Her friend, Meadow Pollack, was one of the 17 people whose lives were taken when 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire on campus with a semi-automatic rifle last February.

Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of the nationwide March for Our Lives, a movement helmed by young people—including Parkland survivors—that aims to put sensible gun safety reform at the forefront of the political discourse.


— X González (@callmeX) March 24, 2019

In the wake of the community's most recent devastating losses, local and state leaders are calling for serious discussions about how preventable tragedies of this nature affect survivors' mental health. "We need to remove the stigma from talking about suicide," Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said.

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