Deputies respond to teens texting suicide threats – Santa Clarita Valley Signal – California News

Deputies respond to teens texting suicide threats – Santa Clarita Valley Signal – California News

On Wednesday, a Saugus High School student sent a text to friends that he was going to kill himself.

On Tuesday, a Valencia High School student sent a text to friends that she was going to kill herself by jumping off a bridge.

Both students, fortunately, were located promptly before any harm was done, largely thanks to texts sent by concerned friends of both students to sheriff’s deputies who responded immediately.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and already – not even half way through the month – deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station remain busy responding to the threat of suicides, attempted suicides and suicides carried out.

Last week, on Sept. 6, a 20-year-old Panarama City man took an Uber ride to the Oak Tree Gun Club, bought some ammunition, rented a shotgun and shot himself.

Whether it’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, or any other month, deputies and counselors are taking suicide seriously.

“Yes, both of those incidents occurred,” Deputy Christopher Craft said, referring to the Saugus and Valencia high school suicide threats.

“This issue is extremely important,” he said.

“We take these incidents seriously and pull in as many resources that we need, so we can locate missing people who are contemplating suicide and get them the appropriate help that they need,” Craft said.

Students – whether they at high school or college – are under “way too much stress  – at home, at school, from parents and significant others,” said Priscilla Benites who helps students in need at the College of the Canyons’ Health and Wellness Center.

“At high school, if something…

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