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Math and suicide topics

Original post made by Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on May 6, 2009

Here on Town Square we have three topics that are getting the most hits. We have had two suicides on our tracks from different types of people but both obviously feel that this was their solution. We have a group of parents beating around on math textbooks.

I wonder.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 7, 2009 at 1:22 pm

I started this thread because I felt that this community is hurting and grieving. We have been stunned this week by not one, but two, suicides. One of a young woman who seemed popular with lots of friends and had seemingly got into an abusive relationship. The other was a clever, young high schooler who appeared to have everything going for him. From those posting in the separate threads who have known both these young people or in some way feel connected to them, there is a great deal of pain and questions being asked as to why people should make this ultimate decision.

Many people are shocked and unable to think of anything else.

For those who are concerned about the textbooks, and I have no criticism of your opinions, I just wonder if this is something to be so concerned about at a time like this. True, if we aren't interested then we don't need to read the comments, but just seeing those threads appear at the top of the board causes some of us pain.

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