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    In the case of the dead teenagers I knew, they were surrounded by people who loved them. In two cases, they were 16 year old boys upset because their girlfriends broke up with them. Their families knew that but never imagined that they felt as desperate as they did.  

    Another, my daughter's best friend, had never recovered from his guilt over a car accident that took a little girl's life- even though he was obeying the speed limit and she ran out between parked cars and everyone including the cops kept assuring him it was not his fault. In his case, people did know how devastated he was but felt powerless to help him heal.

    The other kids- no one really knew what tormented them and they did not leave a note. They're the scariest of all to me, and probably the reason I always see teenage boys as especially vulnerable. And sadly, they're more likely than girls to use a gun in a suicide attempt.

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