Bonnie Bucqueroux retired from Michigan State University's School of Journalism to experiment with online publications, including Lansing Online News. She is also co-president (with Susan Masten) of Lansing Area NOW.

2 responses to “Can a child commit suicide – by accident or design?”

  1. Angela Vasquez-Giroux

    Bonnie, thank you for sharing your powerful story. Your point that not everyone who contemplates suicide, or completes it, is depressed is very well taken. Also, I think it’s important to note that children do suffer from clinical depression — I’ve known two now who tried to commit suicide. It’s heartbreaking.

  2. Bonnie Bucqueroux

    Angela, I couldn’t agree more that depression is real, and it is indeed a real illness in children. When I was coordinator of the Victims and the Media Program at MSU, I met families who were coping with the loss of a child to suicide, and heartbreaking seems too pale a word for the pain they felt. It is a topic we hope to explore over time. A good first step would be to see bullying legislation passed in Michigan, where it has been stalled for far too long.

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