Brunswick school community coping with recent suicides

Students and administrators in Brunswick are uniting after two students took their own lives over the weekend.

The deaths have prompted students to start support groups to prevent more suicides from happening.

Plans for the groups are in the works, but the main focus is to help students deal with the loss of their classmates.

The superintendent says nobody knows why they took their lives.

Rumors at Brunswick High School are running rampant on social media about their deaths.

Superintendent Michael Mayell says there's a lot of false information posted.

"Not only by students but by parents, too. Parents have made some statements that are absolutely not true, and then they get forwarded and retweeted, and then it's printed so many times people believe that to be the truth," said Mayell.

While students grieve, some are boycotting sites like

The site allows users to anonymously post comments -- many of which are hurtful.

"They can just say it, and you'll never know who said it. It can upset you, and they can say anything they want, and it's not fun and it's not right," said student Kelli Shumate.

Kelli is hoping that banning the site will bring attention to cyber bullying.

In addition to avoiding the site, the school will start suicide awareness and prevention programs.

"They need to tell a parent, a counselor at the high school, a teacher, whoever they feel comfortable with, and let us know somebody is hurting so we can get them the assistance they need," said Mayell.

Students say it won't bring back their classmates, but it will hopefully put the rumors to rest and maybe save a life.

"I'm very happy. I think it's what most schools need but right now. It's what this one really needs," said student Brandon Arndt.

The school has not set a specific time for the programs to start.

The school wants students to take some time and grieve.


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