20 CCSD students died from suicide since distance education began; families say loneliness during distance education was ‘likely contributing factor in death’


LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County School District reviews at the least 20 students have died by suicide since distance education began final March. That quantity has greater than doubled from 2019.

Many families who’re nonetheless grieving the sudden losses of their family members spoke with 8 News Now Reporter Cristen Drummond about transferring ahead. They informed her varied components contributed to their youngster’s premature deaths, however in addition they singled in on one concern: Isolation during distance studying.

Of all the families Cristen spoke with, just one particular person spoke to her on digicam. Darlene Terryberry is a grandmother who lost her granddaughter to suicide.

Terryberry mentioned she is talking as a result of she needs to remind the group that these youngsters are usually not only a statistic; she additionally hopes that her phrases and expertise will assist one other household keep away from the grief and ache she is experiencing now.

“I wouldn’t want anybody to go through this,” Terryberry mentioned.

Terryberry stayed sturdy whereas reflecting on her granddaughter, who was additionally her coronary heart and soul — Angel Terryberry.

“She was a beautiful girl,” mentioned Terryberry. “She had a kind soul. She just had a beautiful heart.”

Angel died of suicide by hanging on Oct. 3. Her grandmother discovered her in her room.

“I had touched her, and she was already cold, and so I knew,” Terryberry mentioned.

Angel was a 17-year-old senior at Green Valley High School, and she or he had a ardour for music.

“She loved the violin,” mentioned Terryberry. “She played it from 6th grade on.”

Angel’s stays are in a butterfly urn at her grandmother’s home. Terryberry was given custody of Angel and her siblings when she was two years previous.

Terryberry describes Angel as being shy and all the time pondering of others.

“Always wanted everyone to be ok. Never, wanted to let on that she wasn’t,” Terryberry mentioned.

Cristen Drummond, reporter: “Did you ever notice a difference in her behavior?”
Darlene Terryberry, Angel’s grandmother: “No, not really. I didn’t.”

Terryberry says Angel initially tailored properly to on-line studying in the Spring, however the isolation could have impacted her psychological well being by the autumn.

“Going to school, she did have friends, and there were girls she could talk to or be around,” Terryberry mentioned.

“She may have texted with them a little bit or something, but she didn’t have that relationship with them outside of school, o she missed that,” Terryberry mentioned.

Cristen Drummond, reporter: “Do you think if we had gone back to the classroom, started hybrid learning in the fall or full-time, do you think Angel would still be here today?”
Terryberry: “I think there is a good chance, yes.”

Families who didn’t wish to communicate on digicam say the loneliness from distance education was a possible contributing factor in their youngster’s loss of life. According to some, their youngsters staying dwelling and never having an outlet at college grew to become a problem.

Just a few of the dad and mom mentioned they seen a distinction in demeanor, however Terryberry mentioned she didn’t.

“When I would see she wasn’t quite up. I just thought it was normal teenage stuff,” Terryberry mentioned. If I had any inkling that there was extra happening, I’d’ve had her to a health care provider in a heartbeat.”

According to Terryberry, it was a journal she discovered after Angel’s loss of life that detailed some struggles. This led her to marvel how lengthy Angel could have been considering suicide.

“I don’t think I ignored things; I just didn’t see them,” Terryberry mentioned. “But, maybe I should’ve pushed harder to get her to talk and open up.”

It’s a mistake Terryberry says she doesn’t need one other household to make.

“If they look a little depressed or there is anything, don’t pass it off,” Terryberry mentioned. Really look and do what you may.”