Brunswick community mourns deaths of two students

BRUNSWICK -- Hundreds of people gathered at a memorial service Monday night, at St. Ambrose Church, to remember a teenage life cut short too soon.

It was the second such service in 2 days.

The Medina county community is once again, dealing with the tragic deaths of students from Brunswick High School. District officials say a 14-year old boy and a 17-year old boy committed suicide in separate incidents over the weekend.

Channel 3 News has decided not to release the names or show photos of the children, out of respect for the families, also, so as to not encourage similar acts among teens.

Father Bob Stec addressed the gathering, emphasizing the importance of parental involvement in teens' lives.

"Read their tweets, and Facebook posts," he urged. "Their tweets and posts on social media are a reflection of what they are feeling inside."

Meanwhile, down the road at Sidelines Bar and Grill, a group of two dozen parents met to talk about what needs to be done to help prevent future tragedies.

A few of the parents started a Not One More Death Facebook page. Organizers say they immediately saw support from hundreds of people in the community, and from as far away as California.

"The support tells me there has to be change, but we don't know what that change is," said Julie Powers, who started the Facebook page. "We just want to be the voice for kids, to tell us what they need, and how we can be their advocates."

The last 18 months have been especially difficult for Brunswick High, which has mourned the deaths of 7 of its students. Four of them were killed in a car crash in June 2012, one student died from cancer, followed by the two weekend suicides.

Grief counselors are available at the school for students who need help coping with their loss.


To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment