Saturday, April 6, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Updated: 3:40 p.m.
A Maywood teenager has died by suicide, according to Cook County Medical Examiner’s officials.
The teenager — a 15-year-old African-American girl — was found unresponsive by first responders at her home on the 2100 block of South 6th Ave. in Maywood on April 5.
She was taken to Loyola University Medical Center and pronounced dead at 3:33 p.m. that day, the medical examiner’s office reported. The medical examiner ruled the death a suicide on April 6.
The girl was a student at Proviso East High School in Maywood. She is the third 15-year-old resident of Maywood and Proviso East student to have died by suicide in less than six months.
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 officials released a Facebook statement on April 5 confirming the most recent death.
“Please know that we stand ready to support you during this time,” district officials explained. “You might wish to share memories you have or simply talk to someone. We encourage students who may be particularly upset, perhaps even struggling with a death in the family or of a friend, to talk with Crisis Team members or contact the Principal, Assistant Principal or a Dean immediately.”
District officials said that students who are “are aware of any unsafe situations” can call the district’s anonymous tip lines:
District officials also said that they will host a community meeting on Sunday, April 7, 2 p.m., in the Social Room at Proviso East High School, 807 S. 1st Ave., to “share ideas relative to mentoring our youth and discuss our most recent event.”
For more information, residents should contact Rejeska Jackson At (708) 7901939 or Rjackson@thebestofproviso.com.
“Any time death touches us, it is extremely stressful. This sudden death may be quite shocking to you and confuse you,” district officials stated. “For these reasons, we especially want you to know of our care, love, and support.”
If you or a loved one is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). This is a free, 24/7 service that can offer support for suicidal individuals or those around them. You can also utilize the Crisis Text Line. Text 741-741 to immediately connect with a trained crisis counselor.
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