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HHS Student Reportedly Commits Suicide

Posted by on 15 May 2012 | 1,751 views
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It’s a very sad day today, as a student at HHS reportedly committed suicide.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to this student’s family at this very sad time.  People in the community are already alleging that this student was bullied and harassed.  Her death will more than likely make headlines beyond our state.

Beyond headlines, this will also undoubtedly affect our children through the loss of this young girl’s life.  This is quite an emotional blow to our children at the end of the school year.  I called HHS this morning to ask about pulling my student, who had a science class with this sweet girl, out of school.  I was informed that finals, which are finishing up both today and tomorrow, will not be waived.  However, I was told that parents could pull their students out of school, and the finals could be taken later this week.

I personally met this young lady at the HHS open house, which took place earlier this year.  She was a very sweet and kind young woman, who had her whole life ahead of her.  She couldn’t have been any nicer to our family.  Our thoughts and prayers are with this beautiful child’s family at this heartbreaking time.

Update, 5/15, 3:49PM:  The young student who committed suicide is reportedly the same student who was detained by Cheatham County law enforcement on Monday.  Friends of the student insist that she was not harassed or bullied at HHS, and remember her as a very loving, kind and energetic young woman.  She reportedly requested that her organs be donated and so she is still on life support until these organ transfers can take place.   Again, our thoughts and prayers go out to this young woman’s family at this terrible time.

Update, 5/18, 10AM:  Mindy’s funeral service will take place at Pegram Church of Christ on Saturday, 5/19, at 10AM.

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3 Comments »

  • Carley Gordon said:

    I am doing a story on this today for Channel 4 News. Please contact me at cgordon@wsmv.com as soon as possible. Thank you.

  • Amy said:

    My heart is aching for this child’s friends and family. My son was friends with her, and trying to explain something like this is a difficult parenting moment. I only hope some sort of healthy dialogue comes out of this tragedy.

  • Jaimee said:

    Not only am I the secretary for the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition I am a Member of Holy Trinity Community church which is a loving,caring church which accepts everyone for who they are.My heart also hurts when something like this happens. Even though there is a project called “It Gets Better”, it looks like we all in the LGBT community have a lot of work to do. I do not believe that the school Boards or the school themselves are doing enough to stop this.