Apparent suicide near Whittier Elementary

Police responded at 5:30 a.m. to the east side of Whittier Elementary School, on 13th and 75th, to investigate an apparent suicide. “There appeared to be a body on the ground and the police were setting things up for an investigation,” said My Ballard reader Wes, who was walking his dog at 6:15 a.m. Police had the area taped off for much of the morning.

Police tell us they’re conducting an investigation and it “appears to be a suicide.” My Ballard typically does not report on suicides, but given the public nature of this death, we decided to post a short story. (Thanks everyone for your tips.)

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ogonb
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ogonb

I live across the school yard from where this occurred. Thanks to the police, medical examiner, and any other agencies involved for getting this cleared up before the kids started arriving at school.

ZephyrV2
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ZephyrV2

I don't want to sound callous. But why commit suicide in this way? It's been said that suicide is a selfish act. Doing it in a place where you are likely to be seen/found by children is very selfish.

Condolences to those who knew and cared for this person.

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Name

If you don't normally report suicides, please consider pulling this down, so our children can hear about it from us, instead of from older kids at the school. It's already in the forum, and parents at the school are all aware, or soon will be.

Jesseham
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Jesseham

Agreed. This needs to be pulled, at least for the rest of the day.

As I posted in the forum, this needs to be handled by parents, not by kids on the playground.

RudyT
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RudyT

Are kids these days checking the internet all throughout the school day?

Jesseham
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Jesseham

Know any 5-6th graders who aren't? There's a library full of computers there, not to mention computers in most (all?) of the classrooms.

It just sucks. I posted the initial question on the forum and I guess that let the cat out of the bag. One older kid finds out, then all the older kids know, then all the kindergartners have to figure out what suicide means.

I would just rather be able to do that myself, and I'm sure any other parents on here would agree.

RudyT
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RudyT

I don't know any 5-6th graders at all. I was just curious if kids these days are just on computers all day or not. Seems as if they are. And yes, the situation just sucks all around.

motorrad
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motorrad

I would be more worried about this affecting the older kids. They are developed enough to understand the concept of suicide and unfortunately there are some kids that age that contemplate the issue. The younger ones probably don't understand it in a personal way. Have a talk with your older kids. Please don't just let them ruminate about it on their own.

Sharon
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Sharon

When I brought my son to school this morning I had to go into the classroom as we were a bit late and he had cupcakes to celebrate his un-birthday.

The teacher was talking to the kids about what gossip was and how you shouldn't spread rumors when you don't have all the facts. I didn't think anything of it as we had walked in mid-conversation, but I'm pretty sure now that she was talking about this. Which means that at least one 3rd grader was talking about it about 5 minutes after the start of school. It would explain the weird vibe I got when I went in. How tragic.

Usually I have a modicum of sympathy for people who are so miserable as to commit suicide, but this man has made me so mad. The people who loved him are probably already distraught, and then to know he decided to off himself where kids would find him? So, so sad. His friends and family are in my prayers.

Freddie
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Freddie

This is a news sight. This is news. Thank you Swedes.

ogonb
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ogonb

I, for one, am glad you're reporting on this. While it is a good practice to not generally report on suicides, it is important for a neighborhood news site to report on bodies being found in public places. This morning I could tell that they were investigating a homicide, but could not find any info as to what was going on. I was relieved to find out that, tragic though this was, that it was not a murder, overdose, or some other such thing that would have ramifications for the whole neighborhood.

randi
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randi

people are so selfish!

PastExperience
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PastExperience

I understand why people might think this is selfish, but someone who's in so much pain that they have to take their life is not able to think rationally. Which you need to do to consider others' feelings. So it is too bad, but it's rather useless to scold somebody after they're dead about being out of their minds with pain in the first place. If you've ever been there, you know what I mean.

stopthebuzz
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stopthebuzz

doubtful that 5-6th graders are reading myballard.com

Loren Hendrickson
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I appreciate this forum to share such information. Kids come home full of rumors. Of course they will have heard about it, internet or no. Not posting doesn't change how quickly news like this spreads.

Jesseham
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Jesseham

They don't need to be specifically:

http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=

thegeneral
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thegeneral

Agreed. My wife passed the scene while walking our 1 year old this morning and we were very concerned that it may have been a homicide. There is plenty of much more disturbing content to worry about your kids finding on the internet. This story is factual, non sensational, and is a concept kids will be exposed to – internet or not. If you're worried about them, talk to them about it and give them your perspective when they get home.

Thanks MB for reporting it.

stopthebuzz
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stopthebuzz

Well then, somebody is going to have to have a talk about principals exposing themselves as well.

From what I understand, teachers are taking time to talk to kids. If you feel so strongly about being the first one to talk to them, go pick them up and shelter them in your home until you break the news of every terrible thing that they might stumble upon via Google.

I agree with the poster below. It's better for the neighborhood to know it was a suicide than to spend the day wondering if there's a danger running around the neighborhood.

Jesseham
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Jesseham

My perspective is based on the aftermath of the last newsworthy event over there, the naked guy in the pickup truck that they kicked out over there (not even the principal – must be something in the water) and how when my child came home from school that day, she was full of stories of how kids had been kidnapped by the guy in the pickup truck (obviously false)

It's good that the teachers are talking about it this time around.

UnBiasedMan
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UnBiasedMan

SELFISH?????

Geez people. He took his own life. Don't you think this person was desperate and perhaps feeling a little down? C'mon. Maybe along with a suicide prevention line, Seattle should provide a quiet secluded place for people to go to take their life and not do it in any spot that inconveniences the rest of us.

Hopefully, he had his pet on a leash and didn't die in a bike lane!

Where is the compassion?????

sdrake1958
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sdrake1958

Aren't parents supposed to be able to explain this and other events to these young, impressionable kids? I can't believe some want this story pulled. What else don't some want the rest of us to see/hear about? Why yes, I do know what a nattering neighbob is. Do these kids ever see the Stranger or watch History or the Science channels? Just tell these poor kids how much they're in debt already. That'll scare 'em.

randi
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randi

HAha, my bad…..I forgot the elementary school is the most appropriate place. Sorry I guess I should be more understanding.

Jason
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Jason

Uh, no, don't to censor the blog by removing this post. Do folks seriously think kids are reading this blog while at school?! Man, people … (shaking head)

Jason
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Jason

Jesse, you've got a whole Internet to start censoring. Get over it. Kids will hear things before you ever get to explain it first. And, yes, I'm a parent.

Jason
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Jason

Agreed. Thanks, MB!