Downtown School Community Seeking Solutions After Recent Suicides

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DOWNINGTOWN, PA. (WPVI) –

Classmates and parents unite to demand a change after the suicide of four current or former students at Downingtown East High High School.

The last suicide took place this week.

In response to these tragedies, a petition was recently launched with a former student and parent, Bill Bullotta.

The goal is to bring about change within the school district and to mobilize the community as a whole to combat this problem.

"It's a crisis, so the wonderful things that they do, we'll just have to do it faster," Bullotta said.

SUICIDE PREVENTION INFORMATION: Get help here

At the district school board meeting Wednesday evening, Bullotta said dozens of families came to support the cause.

"Because our children go to school quite often, we were just trying to understand how we could all get together," he said.

On Thursday, District Superintendent Dr. Emilie Lonardi said she was listening.

"We have organized two meetings: one is to hear from a group of expert experts in the field of suicide prevention and mental health.We will ask a lot of questions.This will be a community meeting open, "she says.

The second meeting will consist of developing a concrete action plan.

"We will move forward with a task to really try to improve, adjust, add, delete and really make a difference for our students," Lonardi said.

She also adds that she's starting to see a response from the community that will surely lead to progress.

"Until now, in recent days, I've received many emails with ideas from parents and mental health professionals telling me, 'What can I do?' "Said Lonardi.

There is an open public meeting on community suicide on Thursday, January 17th at 7pm.

All are welcome.

SUICIDE PREVENTION INFORMATION: Get help here

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