– How can you not be horrified when a former students of yours takes his life at the age of 17?
– How do you come to accept such a terrifying piece of information when you remember him as one of the most pleasant and charming students you have ever had?
– How can you possibly comfort his friends and schoolmates?
I was away with my French and Swedish collegues for the weekend and got the news when we came back only a little while ago. This is is the second time one of our students has killed himself in the past six months. This boy was my student last year and was in the same class as the girl wo killed herself in April. Once again I feel shocked, devastated and at a loss for words.
Besides we are still in Sweden but we know that thanks to msn, FB and mobile phones, the students here are bound to now about his death. Tomorrow morning when we see the students again, there won’t be the school social worker and doctor to help us deal with them.
I hope and pray that we’ll be able to find words that will resonate with the youngsters who are under our responsibility and help them come to terms with such shocking news.