Thesis Statement: The reasons and answers to why youth kill themselves are.
"Two teenagers burst into their Colorado high school one year ago this.
month and gunned down thirteen people. But nearly lost in the avalanche of.
reaction to the shootings at Columbine High School was the fact that the young.
men were on a suicide mission” (Portner 1). Although most suicidal teens don't.
kill themselves after carrying through with such a horrific event, suicide among.
teens is a severe problem the nation is being forced to face.
Every year, thousands of youths die in North America, as a result of their.
own hand. Even deaths involving cancer or those killed in car accidents do not.
match the percentage of teens who take their own lives ("Epidemic” 2). Over the.
course of the 1998-1999 school year; eight students committed homicides in.
schools, and twenty-six students died in school-related violence. That same.
year, an estimated 2,700 youth, aged ten to nineteen took their own lives. .
(Portner 2) However, not all teen suicide attempts are successful; Out of the.
500,000 teenagers who try to kill themselves only 5,000 succeed. ("Epidemic” 3). .
This number is still considerably high. Suicide is currently the third leading cause.
of death for fifteen to twenty-five year olds (Warren 1) and fifty percent of.
highschool students say they have seriously considered suicide by the time they.
graduate (Portner 2). These alarming statistics prove adolescent suicide has.
become an immense problem striking the nation. .
Teen suicide is approached more comfortably when one has witnessed.
suicide by a family member or close friend (Conner 5). One case of teenage.
depression ended in suicide. The victim, Mike, reportedly told his friend he had.
lost the fear, and that day took his life. Six out of eight of Mike's close friends.
said they also no longer feared death. (Hutchins 5) Once the fear of dying.
dissipates, the predominant roadblock preventing anyone from taking his or her.