Second Marjory Stoneman Douglas High student dies in what police call ‘apparent suicide’
A student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School died Saturday night in what police are calling an apparent suicide, just a week after a 19-year-old survivor of the 2018 mass shooting at the school took her own life.
“We are not going to release the name,” said Officer Tyler Reik, a spokesman for the Coral Springs Police Department. “It’s a juvenile … and out of respect for the family.”
It was unclear Sunday whether the death was related to the school shooting that took 17 lives last year on Feb. 14.
“I know he attended Stoneman Douglas,” Reik said. “I can’t tell you if it’s related to the Parkland shooting. We don’t know the reasoning behind it. It’s still an ongoing investigation. It hasn’t even been confirmed as a suicide.”
Sources said the teen was a sophomore at the school.
The news comes a week after the suicide of Sydney Aiello, who was a senior at the Parkland, Fla., school when a former student infiltrated the campus and killed 17 people. Another 17 were left wounded. One of her friends, Meadow Pollack, was killed in the shooting.
After the shooting, Aiello suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, her mother told reporters.
Aiello died March 17. Her funeral was held Friday.
News of the student’s death comes on the first anniversary of the March for Our Lives, the massive student-led demonstration against gun violence that was held in Washington, D.C., and several other U.S. cities.
On Sunday, David Hogg, one of the student activists who rose to prominence in the wake of the Parkland shooting, called for officials to do more to prevent such deaths.
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School parent-teacher association tweeted a flier with contact information for individuals who could help with trauma counseling on Sunday. “The recent [Marjory Stoneman] Douglas High School tragedy has profoundly impacted our community,” the flier said. “If you have been affected ... please know that free help is available.”
The Washington Post contributed to this report.
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