Dr. Ann Blake Tracy, director in the International Coalition for Drug Awareness, (www.drugawareness.org
) confirmed that this young girl was on Prozac at the time of the suicide. The last she knew the family was considering filing a wrongful death suit against the makers of the drug.
Girl's death may add to city's suicides
Other Flagstaff teens killed selves recently
October 31, 2000
Author: Associated Press
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, Ariz. - A 14-year-old girl stood in the path of a train
and was killed in what may have been Flagstaff
's third teen suicide
in two weeks. She was the second teen-ager killed on the railroad tracks.
Some parents and officials worry that the deaths could prompt others to take their lives in this city of 60,000.
"We are kind of walking on eggshells in not knowing what to say and how to say it," said Mayor Joe Donaldson.
Investigators haven't confirmed that the girl's death Thursday was a suicide
, though she had told a counselor she had tried to kill herself with a drug overdose. Both previous deaths were ruled suicides
Even though the three deaths occurred close together and two involved trains
, investigators do not suspect a link. Police are not sure whether the teen-agers knew each other.
"You have time to prepare for it when they are sick," said Tiffany Dausend, 15, who knew two of the teens. "But when they kill themselves, you can't prepare."
On Oct. 15, a man found his 17-year-old son dead in his bedroom of a self-inflicted rifle wound. Authorities have not released the contents of a suicide
note found in his room.
Later that day, another boy lay down on railroad tracks, put his hands in his pockets and waited for one of the more than 80 trains
that run through the city daily. It was his 17th birthday.
The boy also had briefly lain on the tracks two weeks earlier, and had talked to a friend about suicide
, police said.
Eleven days later, a few miles away, the 14-year-old girl stepped from behind a parked boxcar and stood facing a train
approaching about 55 mph.
According to police reports, she had told a school counselor that she had tried to kill herself the night before with an overdose of a prescribed antidepressant. She was not treated for the overdose.
The counselor called the girl's mother, who took her daughter home and called the girl's psychologist. But the girl ran away and was later found on the tracks.
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