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Sad: 9-year-old boy commits suicide in elementary school bathroom

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The apparent suicide of a 9-year-old boy at a Dallas-area elementary school has stunned and horrified parents and children at Stewart’s Creek Elementary School in The Colony, Texas.

9-year-old Montana Lance was found after what appears to have been a suicide in the bathroom at the school, says Lt. Darren Brockway. Lance was discovered just after 1pm local time and pronounced dead at a local hospital. Autopsy results are pending, but criminal charges are not expected in the case. Few details were released about the case due to the age of the child, and several parents arriving at the school today were unaware of the death on school grounds.

While extremely rare, suicide in young children is not an unheard of circumstance. There were ten suicides recorded in ten-year-olds between 1999 and 2005 according to CDC statistics. A ten year old boy also hanged himself in a bathroom in Chicago last year, and a seven year old boy suffered a similar fate in 2008- although authorities believe his death may have been part of a game commonly played by children in that dressing room.

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4 Responses to “Sad: 9-year-old boy commits suicide in elementary school bathroom”

  1. Saddened in The Colony

    We attended Stewart’s Creek the same time Montana Lance did, but we pulled our children out because of all the abuses going on there. Abuses by the teachers/staff were the examples that children at Stewart’s Creek had to follow; with such an example, is it any wonder that children learned to bully? Our children were bullied terribly there too. The district repeatedly dismissed parental concerns over things that occurred at the school often telling them that these were “isolated incidents” or that they had no record of any such thing. It is unthinkable that the conditions at Stewatr’s Creek have become so unbearable to a child that suicide was the only way out.Unfortunately, with administrators who disregard or even invalidate both parent and student concerns, it can make one feel hopeless. There is a parents group that was started on the web years ago in response to what was happening at the school, unfortunately in the years since it’s inception, little to nothing has changed. The site is http://www.firemissland.com
    Our hearts go out to the Lance family during this horrible tragedy.Our biggest fear is that this too will be minimized and swept under the rug as another “isolated incident”. It was never a question of If something like this would happen, but WHEN.

  2. Karl

    I can’t believe this is listed under the categories of
    “odd + funny”

    That is disgusting categorization of such a tragic event. Would it be ‘funny’ or ‘odd’ had this been a young girl so pressured that she no way out?

  3. Kim

    @ Karl

    My thoughts exactly. There’s nothing remotely “funny” about a nine year old boy committing suicide. I hope the placement of this article was an accident and would suggest moving it to a more appropriate section. I can’t imagine how family members of this little boy would feel if they were to see the horrific details of their son’s death categorized in such a manner.

  4. George Mooney

    My first thoughts are for his parents. This is so tragic. The school should be investigated and the little anti -christs who bullied this child should be held accountable on some level. so sad..