On February 14, 2018 a gunman opened fire on students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School taking the lives of 17 people. While it has been almost a year since the tragedy, over the weekend the event has claimed two more youths.
The deaths are the result of teens suffering from the fallout of the shooting being unable to cope, and sadly deciding to take their own lives.
Before the weekend could get underway, 19-year-old Sydney Aiello had taken her own life. The young survivor of the attack was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and survivor’s guilt after one of her close friends was killed in the shooting.
Then the following Saturday another unnamed student currently enrolled in the school, also regrettably took their own life.
While the circumstances of the second student’s death are unknown, executive director of suicide prevention nonprofit SAVE, Dan Reidenberg shared that PTSD and survivor’s guilt were ongoing ailments and were likely responsible for the death of Aiello.
“Teens facing graduations, proms, other major life events knowing that their friends will not be there due to the mass shooting can be really re-traumatized by life events,” Reidenberg told HuffPost via email.
He further called on adults involved in the students lives be extra vigilant against suicide warning signs.
“We need to try and minimize risk of contagion given the situation and media attention around the suicides,” he said. “We don’t want to create panic or fear that this will keep happening, while making sure people know to reach out for help if they are struggling.”