Student attempted suicide while at a Claremore school

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Updated: 3/13/2013 9:27 am Published: 3/12/2013 10:29 pm

Since September, two Green Country teens have committed suicide at school. Tuesday morning a third teen attempted suicide.

Claremore schools said they are investigating a suicide attempt that occurred Tuesday morning, in front of classmates and teachers.

The Claremore High School student collapsed. 

Superintendent, Mike McClaren said teachers have been trained to prevent tragedy in classrooms, but that wasn’t enough to stop one student from overdosing.

“They took the drugs at home before they got to school,” said McClaren. It was cold medicine. McClaren said medics rushed the teen to a local hospital.

McClaren said the student is fine now, but he’s not sure where he got the drugs, or why it happened. Parents say times have changed.

“Teenagers have a lot more pressure on them than when we were kids,” said parent, Wessley Hull.

“It’s a very complex time to live,” said Dr. Jeff Mclroy.

McIlroy said it has everything to do with fitting in, and in some cases depression.

“A suicide attempt like that is a cry for help, a cry for attention,” said McIlroy.

Police and Claremore schools are investigating it as a suicide attempt.

“Parents hug your kids, love your kids,” said McClaren.

That’s part of what they’re doing to stop it from happening again. Claremore schools implemented ZAP: the Zebra Advisement Program.

“It’s been recognized throughout the state as a model program,” said McClaren.

Teachers meet with students throughout the year to discuss concerns, and teachers watch and listen for signs of trouble.

It’s been in place for some time now, and for the most part it’s worked almost every time.

“It doesn’t appear that we’ve had incidences with this student,” said McClaren.

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