Brunswick Copes with Deaths of Two Students

BRUNSWICK, OH — The Brunswick community is once again dealing with the tragic deaths of two students from Brunswick High School.

Fox 8 News is not releasing the names of the students or showing their pictures out of respect for their families and the district.

“You feel it, all the emotion in the hallways,” said Alexandria Bowen, a student.

There are notes of support that line the hallways of Brunswick High School.

“This weekend we found out that we had a freshman student who commited suicide.  Then later on in the day, we found out that we had another student who had also commited suicide, a senior,” said Superintendent Michael Mayell.

Tuesday, grief counselors were on hand at the high school.

“The kids have already started programs. They’ve taken sticky notes and stuck a compliment on every single locker in the building. They are sending a message to each other, letting kids know that suicide is not the option and should never be the option,” added Mayell.

Brunswick is a district that has become all too familiar with loss. The high school has lost 8 students in the past 3 years.

“The biggest problem we’ve been encountering is social media.  There have been a lot of things posted that are inaccurate. We’ve been trying to tell kids and parents you have to be responsible and ethical when using social media,” added Mayell.

“I hurt for my child, I hurt for this community.  I hurt for everyone involved, I hurt for the schools,” said Julie Powers, a parent.

So much hurt, that a few parents started a Not One More Death Facebook page.

“It’s parents trying to collaborate with the school to raise awareness on suicide, on bullying, on mental illness, advocacy. Parent advocacy,” added Powers.

Grief counselors will be available at the school for students and teachers who need help coping with their loss.