School-associated suicides – United States, 1994–1999


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

MMWR, June 11, 2004; 53(22):476-78. To describe the psychosocial and behavioral characteristics of school-associated suicide victims, CDC analyzed data from school and police officials. The results indicated that, among the 126 students who carried out school-associated homicides or suicides, 28 (22%) died by suicide, including eight who intentionally injured others immediately before killing themselves. Potential indicators of suicide risk such as expressions of suicidal thoughts, recent social stressors, and substance use were common among the victims. These findings underscore the need for school staff to recognize risk factors for suicide.