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April 5, 1987 | LINDA STOWELL, Associated Press
The principal of Wilton High School talks quietly about how his school is grappling with a flurry of attempted suicides, but he says the toughest part is not knowing when it's safe to back away. "I wait for the call to come every weekend," said Donald Holt. "I worry about it. So far, so good." Since Christmas, at least 13 students from different grades, families and with different academic skills have tried to kill themselves.
March 10, 2014 | Karen Kaplan
Victims of bullying were more than twice as likely as other kids to contemplate suicide and about 2.5 times as likely to try to kill themselves, according to a new study that quantifies the emotional effects of being teased, harassed, beaten up or otherwise harmed by one's peers. Children and teens who were taunted by cyberbullies were especially vulnerable -- they were about three times as likely than other kids to have suicidal thoughts, the study found. The findings, published online Monday by the journal JAMA Pediatrics, puts the lie to the old adage about sticks and stones.
July 4, 1998 | From Times wire services
A gunman who opened fire on police on the nation's busiest toll bridge is the prime suspect in the slaying of a Houston-area investment banker, police said Friday. Sergai Taio Daigre Jr., 20, was in critical but stable condition Friday after surgery. Police said he shot himself in the head Thursday during a predawn standoff that closed the Bay Bridge for 3 1/2 hours. Police saw the gunman before 5 a.m. in a Porsche parked at Yerba Buena Island, which divides the bridge's two segments.
December 27, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A Los Angeles teenager who drove over a cliff early Friday morning in Palos Verdes Estates and fell at least 100 feet onto the Bluff Cove shoreline may have been trying to kill himself, police said. The 19-year-old was in "extremely critical condition" following the incident. "Statements by the driver to investigating officers as well as physical evidence at the scene indicate the 19-year-old intentionally drove off the cliff's edge in what may have been a suicide attempt," according to the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department.
Actor Robert Young, who for 10 years served as the ideal TV patriarch in "Father Knows Best" and went on to star in "Marcus Welby, M.D.," attempted suicide at his Westlake Village home last week, authorities said Saturday. Lt. Bob Barrier, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, said Young, 83, ran a hose from the exhaust pipe to his car's interior last Saturday about 7:45 a.m. Authorities were alerted after Young called a tow truck to try to start his car.
February 20, 1997 | Reuters
An airline passenger tried to commit suicide on a Southwest Airlines flight Wednesday by slashing at his throat with a pocket knife in an on-board lavatory. Airline officials said a flight attendant found the man and the pilot made an emergency landing at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport so the passenger could be taken to a hospital. The flight, with 62 passengers on board, was on its way from Albuquerque to San Diego when the incident occurred.
July 19, 2001 | From Times Staff, Wire Reports
A Fontana middle school assistant principal arrested at his Redlands home over the weekend on suspicion of molesting two teenage boys tried to kill himself at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, officials said. Lawrence Alan Proffitt, 42, was arrested Saturday and held on $1-million bail. He had been scheduled for arraignment Wednesday, but at about noon on Tuesday, he slit his neck with a razor blade, San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Robin Haynal said.
March 9, 1988
A 16-year-old Mt. Carmel High School student was in critical condition after attempting to commit suicide on school grounds Tuesday morning, according to authorities. The girl, whose name was not released, shot herself in the stomach with a .38-caliber handgun, police said, and was taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. Principal Sandra Johnson said the girl's guardian had called the school shortly after 8 a.m.
March 21, 1989 | DOUGLAS JEHL, Times Staff Writer
A major figure in the Pentagon procurement scandal took an overdose of sleeping pills in an unsuccessful suicide attempt just nine days before his trial on charges of conspiracy, racketeering and fraud was scheduled to begin, police said Monday. Defense consultant William L. Parkin was reported in fair condition at a Virginia hospital after being found unconscious by his daughter early Saturday at his home in Alexandria, Va.
January 24, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Fed up after waiting years to have their refugee claims processed, more than a dozen asylum seekers at an Australian detention camp tried to hang themselves, an activist said today. Cyrus Sarang, president of the Refugee Action Collective, said detainees at the Woomera camp in southern Australia told him that 15 illegal immigrants tried to use sheets to hang themselves.
November 19, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Virginia police are investigating the stabbing of a state senator and the fatal shooting of his son as an attempted murder and suicide, authorities said Tuesday. State Sen. Creigh Deeds had an altercation with his son, Gus, state police spokeswoman Corrine Geller said at a televised news conference. Deeds was stabbed several times but was able to leave the house in Bath County. Deeds walked down the hill at his residence to Route 42. The injured senator was spotted and picked up by a cousin who was driving along the road, she said.
September 17, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Adopted adolescents are at higher risk of attempting suicide, according to a recently released study published in the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. However, University of Minnesota research psychologist Margaret Keyes emphasized that the majority of adoptees they studied were “psychologically healthy.” “We feel there's no reason to be alarmed by these findings,” Keyes said. Instead, she said that the study results could be useful for clinicians treating adopted people who already show other signs that they are at risk.
April 30, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A military appeals court Monday overturned the attempted-suicide conviction of a former Marine from Oceanside. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ruled that the military did not prove that the suicide attempt of Pvt. Lazzaric Caldwell disrupted good order and discipline or brought discredit on the armed forces, conditions necessary for a finding of guilty. Caldwell had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. He slashed his wrists in 2010 while serving in Okinawa and was given six months in the brig and a bad-conduct discharge.
November 24, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
In a case involving a discharged Marine from Oceanside, a military court next week will consider the decades-old military statute that makes it a crime to attempt suicide. Lawyers for Lazzaric T. Caldwell will argue it is wrong for the military to punish troops whose mental problems cause them to attempt suicide - particularly in an era when the military is trying to reduce the soaring suicide rate among troops. According to court records, the statute in the Uniform Code of Military Justice was used in World War II to punish troops attempting to avoid duty by faking suicide.
July 10, 2012 | By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times
The embattled wife of Oceanside's police chief has been taken into custody following a suicide attempt last month after she was convicted of shooting at police during a standoff. Brinda Sue McCoy, 49, was released from Los Alamitos Medical Center late Thursday after two weeks of treatment and was arrested and taken by ambulance to the jail ward at Western Medical Center in Anaheim. Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino said she was in critical condition when transported but that her condition is improving.
January 15, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Try Not to Breathe A Novel Jennifer R. Hubbard Viking: 233 pp., $16.99, ages 14 and up Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for young people ages 10 to 24, claiming 4,400 lives annually, according to theU.S. Centers for Disease Control. That statistic alone is alarming, but at least 149,000 more young people attempt suicide and survive each year. It's this second statistic that Jennifer R. Hubbard humanizes in her young-adult novel "Try Not to Breathe," about a teenage boy struggling to find meaning after attempting to take his own life.
Not even allowed to touch her son's face, Patricia Phillips stood at Miles Dabord's bedside in a San Diego hospital Friday, wondering if she would ever know what happened to him and his brother. She said she believes he was somehow responsible for the disappearance and presumed death of her other son, former NBA player Bison Dele, and two others. She added she feared he had attempted suicide in a fit of guilt, perhaps sending himself into a drug-induced coma. It didn't matter.
An El Cajon man convicted of molesting his girlfriend's daughter remained in intensive care Thursday after apparently attempting to commit suicide in a Vista courtroom, authorities said. Authorities are keeping Jack Wright, 32, under 24-hour guard, and will take him to jail as soon as doctors say it is safe for him to leave the hospital, Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Robbie Hill said.
November 24, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
"I'm not worth nothing. " Four years ago, the skinny kid with the muffled voice stood in front of the bathroom mirror in the tiny Compton home, holding a towel and hearing those words. "I'm not worth nothing. " His mother was on the streets. His father was in the shadows. He wasn't anywhere, having been passed around to four relatives in five years, chased out of his previous home by a crazed relative who yanked a garden hose inside the living room and started spraying.
October 21, 2010
In the life of a child or adolescent, a parent's sudden death is an event so psychologically devastating, it's hard to imagine it could get any worse. But when that sudden death is self-inflicted, the psychological fallout definitely does mount, possibly compounded by the effects of genes and a parent's behavior in the years leading up to his or her suicide. And when the suicidal parent was Mom, there's an even greater likelihood a child will go on to make a similar attempt than when Dad was the one to kill himself.
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