Second-Grader Commits Suicide in New Jersey

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VINELAND -- A 7-year-old boy who died at home Wednesday hanged himself, the prosecutor's office said.
The boy, who was reported to be a very good student, might have been upset about receiving a poor mark at school earlier in the day, sources said.

The Cunningham Elementary second-grader hanged himself in the bedroom of his East Chestnut Avenue home, Cumberland County Prosecutor Ronald J. Casella said.

Neither the boy nor his family has been formally identified by official sources.
Detective Lt. Tom Ulrich said several family members were in the home when the boy died.

According to reports, his body was discovered after he failed to answer his parent's call to dinner.

Neighbors said he was an outwardly fun-loving boy who played in the large yard of his family's two-story, wood-frame house along Chestnut Avenue, near the former Newcomb Hospital.

The family lived there for about two years without much interaction with neighbors. But all appeared well from a distance, said neighbors bordering the family's home.

The family left the house Wednesday night after the incident, according to neighbors who declined to give their names.

Attempts to contact the family at their home Thursday were unsuccessful.

Administrators at Cunningham were not available for comment Thursday evening, but letters were sent home with second-grade students that afternoon notifying parents of the student's death, said Linda Santagata, Vineland assistant superintendent of student personnel services.

The boy was not identified in the letter, but school officials wanted parents to understand their child "might come home sad," Santagata said.

The letter explained that a student at the school died, the children were notified, and parents were encouraged to speak with their children about death and how to cope. Attached to the letter was an article from the National Psychology Association concerning how to talk to children about death and grieving.

Nine counselors in the district joined Cunningham's two counselors, social worker and Santagata to speak with any students. The counselor's office, open to all of the school's 500 students, was filled with people all day.

The counseling will be available for as long as it's needed, Santagata said, adding young children might not fully grasp the depth of the situation.

"Children that age may not understand the concept of death. They just know they suddenly feel sad," she said.

Faculty meetings were held at the beginning and end of the school day to allow teachers and students to speak and grieve. Santagata said the staff was "very upset."

Vineland spokesperson John Sbrana said the district -- between administration, counselors and social workers -- has a strong crisis team for incidents like the death of a student.

"It's a terrible tragedy," he said. "We're reaching out to the family as much as we can. It's an unspeakable thing to happen to a family."

Principal Monica Dannenberger and assistant principal Debra Bechtel visited the home on Chestnut Avenue to comfort the family. Santagata said Bechtel and Dannenberger talked to them about not feeling "guilt about something they might not have seen" coming.

Santagata said the boy had a normal home life, was doing well in school and in the Gifted and Talented program, and was well-liked by friends. He never had to be disciplined for any reason, she added.

She wouldn't talk about whether a sudden change in his personal or school life might have been the cause.

Charges likely won't be filed, police said Thursday.

"It is tragic when a child dies, no matter what the circumstance," Lt. Ulrich said.





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Balogny Tits

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Isn't if just a bit of a coincidence that he killed himself only days after his first "overnight" visit to uncle Jimmy Norton's house?
 

BCH

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Faced with the prospect of growing up in New Jersey, the young man opted for the easy way out.
 

JimsInfectedEye

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Something screwy about this story. I bet the parents drove this kid so hard, that anything less than perfection would result in some nasty discipline.
 

Vyce

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Someone stole his Ipod, so he became "an hero".
 

gleet

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I guess God needed a solid B 2nd grader.
 

Budyzir

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Something screwy about this story. I bet the parents drove this kid so hard, that anything less than perfection would result in some nasty discipline.
I'm with you on this.

The family lived there for about two years without much interaction with neighbors. But all appeared well from a distance, said neighbors bordering the family's home.
You live in a neighborhood for two years and have no attachments to your neighbors, it's freaking odd. When I was in the Navy, I rarely lived in a single place for more than 2 years yet, I got to know the people around my apartment. I have no doubt that this kid was under some kind of parental pressure to excel. Sad, really sad.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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so I guess they're going to outlaw grades since some overachievers can't handle a grade lower than A?
how old are your kids? my son brings home report cards covered with checks +'s -'s and: proficient/not proficient
ive never seen an A,B,C ect.... ever from him. i have to agree about the pressure from his parents or even from siblings, that and children dont really understand the concept of death at that age, in his mind im sure he thought that his mom and dad would just come along and take him down and love him more for showing how bad he felt, that or he was jackin and got carried away.
my wife constantly worries about my son killing him self, its kind of creepy when she goes off on it.
 

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"might have been upset about receiving a poor mark" sounds like speculative bullshit. The little fuckwit was 7. Who gets suicidal at 7? He was probably dicking around with something he could hang himself with and "oops". Why not blame it on all the noose talk on TV?

Either that or he was a little Asian fella and brought home an A-. Could go either way.
 

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"Gifted" what a fucking title, should be "prerequisite for toolbox in later years" we got parents in my district who would scream & fuckin shout if their little precious tested in this catagory and the district didn't immed place them into some elevated status classroom away from the "normal kids".

Little fella was probably told by his old lady he'd never get to Harvard let alone third grade "Gifted" w/B's.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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Why the hell is she obsessing over it?
she's a nurse in our local hospital ICU, every once in a while they will have a run of suicides from the local high school and the failures wined up in her unit, she brings her job home with her some times. hell she worked ONE NIGHT at our local children's hospital and spent two weeks crying.....
 

d0uche_n0zzle

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Her projecting it isn't helping you or your son. Don't they make medical workers talk to someone about that shit? "whaa"
 

THE FEZ MAN

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Her projecting it isn't helping you or your son. Don't they make medical workers talk to someone about that shit? "whaa"

they dont force it on them. but it is offered
 
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7 year old kids shouldn't know how to hang themselves.

Really annoying to read,