Mentoring, suicide and Harvard

Mary Ann Sesma msesma at bell.k12.ca.us
Mon Dec 7 10:05:39 EST 1998


Unfortunately, I  did not read that editorial.  However, I can make very
specific comments that come out of one year of Hell.     I had 10 suicides
and or attempts in 1 year in my high school.  The students were all
minority students in sophomore to senior years.  They were about evenly
divided regarding gender.  The largest number were cloistered around a
group of AP Classes .  Students were all high achievers.

But the breakdown came, I saw it , having to pick up piece by piece of the
multiple tragedies, seemed to a combination of major stress for
achievement, a few dysfunctional families (very few) and  adolescence.
(possibly the root cause). Ideation of suicide seems to run in epidemics.

I failed to provide safeguards of counseling for this kids. because of
insufficient monetary allocation and untrained,  overworked couselors and
teachers.   I will damm myself forever.


Mary Ann Sesma

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