Teen Commits Suicide At School


Teen Commits Suicide At School

( 4UMF NEWS ) Teen Commits Suicide At School:

Friends and family of a Texas teen are grieving after he committed suicide at school, warning hours earlier on Facebook that he was planning to take his own life.

Adrian Alvaresz, a 16-year-old dad to an infant son, wrote that he was sorry for the pain he was causing his mother and that he felt people in his life “put me to the side.”

He asked his friends to help his mom, his ex-girlfriend and his son “stay strong” after his death. He added that he would be his son's "angel" and "mentor," and whisper to him "Everything Was For The Good Of Everyone."

Alvaresz’s mom, Maria Consuelo Alcantara, said her son had called her Tuesday asking to leave his north Austin school early.

She said no and that he ended the conversation saying, “I love you, mom,” Alcantara told CBS affiliate KHOU-TV.

“I love you, too,” she replied to him in Spanish.

It was just before 1:30 p.m. at Lanier High School when students say Alvaresz was by himself in the courtyard during lunch. He took out a handgun from his hoodie and shot himself.

The school was put on temporary lockdown before students were dismissed early for the day. Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said officials are investigating how the teen obtained the pistol. The school doesn’t have metal detectors.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family,” said Carstarphen, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Along with his pained Facebook post, the teen included a picture of himself holding a gun to his right cheek.

“All he did was post a Facebook status that he was gonna do it and then he did it,” Lanier junior Alexis Vasques told Fox affiliate KTBC. “People that knew him and people that were close to him were crying and sad for his loss.”

“I guess the thing was that no one took him seriously,” added classmate Diana Vazquez. “They thought, ‘No, he’s kidding. ... I don’t think he’ll do it.’”

Friends have been collecting donations to help pay for Alvaresz’s funeral costs.

Alcantara said she doesn’t know why her son killed himself and wishes that she had picked up on the warning signs.
The school made grief counselors available to students.

For more information about preventing suicides, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

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