‘The lives of some truly wonderful young people are at stake’
Published 12:00 am, Thursday, February 16, 2017
To the Editor:
Last week, a student at the Kent School tragically took her own life.
In December, in a brave speech to her school community, she announced that she was transgender and had been suffering from significant depression.
Forty percent of transgender kids attempt suicide.
That is a large but impersonal statistic, until it happens.
The Kent School community, both the administration and the student body, was by all accounts highly supportive of this student who everyone knew and loved.
But can more be done? Can we all do more?
As a former Board of Education member and as a mother involved in our local homeschooling community, I believe that we can.
At a time like this, when we ask, “Could we have done more?," the true answer for us all, particularly as a society, is sadly probably yes.
Let us first remove any stigma around revealing or discussing depression and LGBT issues by and with teens.
The silence around both depression and LGBT issues must be abolished as the necessary first step in saving lives.
And then we as individuals, as institutions, and as a community, need to do more, much more. The lives of some truly wonderful young people are at stake.