Help is here


Mia Hogan, Staff Writer

In one second everything changed.

He stood at the train station waiting. The 1 a.m. train neared the California Ave. station in Palo Alto.

In a split second, he jumped.

On Nov. 4, a Gunn High School student took his life away by jumping in front of a Caltrain, killing himself on the tracks.

Junior Cameron Lee was 16 years old and now gone.

In less than a second, one life was lost, impacting the whole community despite their relationship to Lee.

From a personal to general level, many students are affected knowing that Lee chose to end his life rather than continuing the uphill battle.

Senior Leah Roe said, “When someone dies at such a young age, it causes mixed emotions in young adults which can lead to negative actions. Many people become closed off and reserved, hurting the individual in the long run and preventing them from moving on. ”

Throughout this week, counseling will be provided for students attending Gunn and those attending his siblings’s schools.

Because this is Gunn’s fifth track suicide since 2009, extra precautions will be taken among students and staff to prevent another.

A nonprofit adolescent counseling program called Project Safety Net will be attending schools throughout the week providing support for those who need it.

Junior Abbey Holbrook said, “The main issue is students reaching out for help. Asking for help perceives students as weak, which is completely acceptable, however some students cannot bear the idea of looking weak in front of their peers. Students need to surpass social pressures, and get the counseling they need.”

Students can take action and help anyone they might think is at risk of suicide.

Local suicide hotlines allow anyone to call and talk through their feelings or provide information on how to deal with a friend wanting to commit suicide.

Anyone can call the national suicide crisis hotline at 1-800-784-2433.

“Suicide is a serious thing. No one should be embarrassed for calling the line. It is a resource available to help those going through a tough time and prevent individuals from taking their own life away,” said senior Sabrina Miller.

Teenagers make both good and bad decisions, facing the outcome later on. If teenagers regret their decisions, many are lucky enough to have the opportunity to go back and fix the situation.

In one second, one can make the decision where there is no turning back and no second chance.