A second survivor of the 2018 Parkland, Florida, school shooting died Saturday in an “apparent suicide,” police reported without releasing the female student’s name or age. The death is being investigated.
Sydney Aiello, 19, another survivor of the massacre of 14 students and three teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by a recently-expelled student, took her own life last weekend, according to news reports and a family statement. I posted an article on the first suicide on March 22.
Aiello’s mother reported that her daughter had been despondent with survivor’s guilt and diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) before she died. One of her closest friends, Meadow Pollack, was killed in the shooting.
The latest tragic news comes on the first anniversary of March for Our Lives, the widescale student-directed demonstration against gun violence in Washington, D.C., and several other U.S. cities.David Hogg, one of the most prominent students in the 2018 movement after the Parkland catastrophe, tweeted a response Sunday to the latest death:
“How many more kids have to be taken from us as a result of suicide for the government/school district to do anything?
The video embedded in this post shows the powerful speech given in Washington last year by Emma Gonzalez, another student leader in the anti-gun-violence demonstration.
The accused killer in the school shooting has pleaded not guilty and is tentatively scheduled to be tried in 2020.
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