Today, we received notice of a video that went viral on Facebook Live of a 12-year old child from Georgia, committing suicide. The video has been officially removed from Facebook and YouTube, but as we know it is nearly impossible to remove all traces of digital content from the Internet.
I am writing to alert you of this video so that parents, families and staff can be aware of what our children might have been exposed to. Suicide is an incredibly serious issue and videos such as the one described above can serve as a trigger for youth that have been thinking about harming themselves. I am not aware of any students in Newark who have seen the video at school but given the nature of how digital content is shared, I wanted to err on the side of making families and staff aware.
Our counselors, psychologists and staff will be on heightened alert over the next few days and weeks looking for signs and symptoms and we stand ready to work with parents and caregivers through what may be a difficult period for some of our students. Please feel free to contact one of our administrators, counselors or psychologists for more information or to make us aware of a concern you might have about a child. Also, to learn more, please try the following website: https://www.samhsa.gov/suicide-prevention which contains a wealth of information and resources that are credible.
The safety and well-being of our students is our primary concern at Newark Central, where we strive to help every student, every day, become the best version of themselves.