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A sad story today from the Kantonsschule in Zug

Reports are coming through about a 16 year old boy who has jumped from the 4th floor today at the lunch break...

A friend has a daughter who attends the same school and the boy fell right in front of them. She is in a very bad state of shock and has been sent home...

A sad day for his family and friends...

Zuger Zeitung Article: Here
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A horrible thing for anyone to witness. I hope that the boy's injuries are not fatal.
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Re: A sad story today from the Kantonsschule in Zug

Oh dear so sad. Poor boy and his poor family.
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Re: A sad story today from the Kantonsschule in Zug

In my school, it seemed to happen on a regular basis, kids trying to kill themselves and some succeeding in doing so, maybe one or two a year. It was completely hushed up to avoid the Werther Effect...

My thoughts are with the family and the kids who watched, I hope it doesn't push any of them to copy what their fellow student. The highest age of risk for suicide in Switzerland is 15 - 25.
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In my school, it seemed to happen on a regular basis, kids trying to kill themselves and some succeeding in doing so, maybe one or two a year. It was completely hushed up to avoid the Werther Effect...
Really? I didn't get any suicides on my school during those periods, I Can even say on the 2 years before/after my term. It would have been such an odd event...

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The highest age of risk for suicide in Switzerland is 15 - 25.


at 15-25 I just can't imagine how can you get to that conclusion.
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That's so sad. Sigh. It's a tough time for a lot of kids, actually.
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at 15-25 I just can't imagine how can you get to that conclusion.
Lemme tell you — and this happened for me by age 10 — when every other kid in your school mercilessly picks on you, day in, day out, making fun of everything you do, say, or wear, you start to consider… other options.

I didn't harm myself, obviously, but I can totally understand how someone can get to that point. (And even decades later, it weighs on you. When your self-confidence is decimated from years of such abuse, it doesn't really ever fully recover.)

Bullying in school is a HUGE problem in the USA and UK, and I think here as well, though it manifests a bit differently, since the Swiss way is so passive-aggressive (in contrast to the very overtly aggressive Anglo way).
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Lemme tell you — and this happened for me by age 10 — when every other kid in your school mercilessly picks on you, day in, day out, making fun of everything you do, say, or wear, you start to consider… other options.
My entire childhood, and teenage years I went through torture in the public schools of New York and New Jersey. That's why I escaped the US to Switzerland. People that went through trauma cannot handle living in the same geographic region....
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