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2 Suicides in 3 Months at Edmonton Junior High School
Ethan Dizon, a 14-year-old student of St. Thomas More Catholic Junior High School in Edmonton, AB, took his life on Sunday, January 8, 2017. His sister, Chloe Dizon, is inquiring with the Edmonton Catholic school board to investigate how this could have happened.
Lori Nagy, Edmonton Catholic school spokesperson, said, “We are mourning the loss of a deeply respected and caring Grade 9 student at St. Thomas More Catholic Junior High School. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and school community during this tragic time.” On Monday, the school district’s critical response team was providing ongoing support to students, staff, and their families.
Chloe wrote on an online petition, “He was only fourteen, and none of us knew that he had suicidal thoughts or signs of depression.”
Chloe’s petition is asking for an investigation to “expose the harsh bullying environment and elitist attitude found in the Sports Academy, but also the clear favoritism towards major student-athletes and the Sports Academy.”
“No child should ever have to experience what I had to go through, and to have my brother lose the battle that I have been fighting for the past two years has angered me to take action.”
Over 2,500 Signatures
In under a day of Chloe posting her online petition, over 2,500 individuals signed it, expressing their support for an investigation. Several of these people also shared their own experiences of depression and bullying. In some of the shared stories, the administration at St. Thomas was accused of doing nothing to stop and prevent the bullying.
The school district told CBC News that they are “reviewing the situation and circumstances and continues to work closely with Alberta Health Services to develop a personalized plan for this school as a longer-term support measure.”
Chloe ends her petition with a message for Ethan: “Rest In Peace little brother, heaven has another angel”. Ethan is the second student at St. Thomas More Catholic Junior High School in just three months to pass away from suicide.