Monday, December 17, 2012
Awareness increased after tragic suicide of Josh Pacheco, 17, a junior at Linden High School, administrators say.
The key to stopping bullying is to have students report it to an adult, Fenton area school administrators say. After the suicide death of Josh Pacheco, a junior at Linden High School, superintendents discuss how their schools handle bullying. Linden Community Schools has added anti-bullying hot lines students can call or text, said Superintendent Ed Koledo. The students can remain anonymous when they report an incident. And the hot lines aren’t just for anti-bullying. They can also be used if students are worried about another student’s health or safety, or for reporting stealing, drugs, or another incident at school. The numbers are 810-373-2131 for the high school and 810-373-2458 for the middle school. Koledo said the hot lines have had…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The evening will include a panel of local experts at Birmingham's Holy Name Catholic Church.
Oakland County residents are invited to attend an informative community discussion about teen suicide Monday in Birmingham. A panel of experts from the Rose Hill Center, Common Ground, Oakland County Health Department and the Oakland County Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force will discuss the signs, symptoms and other risk factors of suicide. The panel will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Holy Name Catholic Church, in the parish hall, in Birmingham. The panel is free and, according to organizers, open to all county residents but is especially appropriate for parents and students in junior high and high school. The forum is being held in response from several requests from area families whose communities have been impacted by suicide …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Lake Fenton High School's Starfish Initiative holds its first public event.
A large group of walkers from the Fenton area and beyond braved cold temperatures Sunday to join Lake Fenton High School’s anti-bullying organization, The Starfish Initiative, in honoring the memory of Josh Pacheco, a bullying victim who committed suicide. The walkers started out at Andrew G. Schmidt Middle School, in the Fenton Area Public Schools district and hiked to Bush Park. Pacheco was 17 and a junior at Linden High School. He committed suicide on Nov. 27. His parents said bullying played a role in his death and said Pacheco was gay, which led to him being bullied both inside and outside of school, according to the Flint Journal. Lake Fenton High School senior Matt Wilson, who began The Starfish Initiative, said he was bullied as a …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Event in memory of Josh Pacheco will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in Fenton.
Lake Fenton's anti-Bullying group, The Starfish Initiative, will host a walk to call attention to bullying and to honor the memory of teenager Josh Pacheco, who committed suicide last week. The walk is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, starting at Fenton AGS Middle School, 3255 Donaldson Drive. Participants are asked to arrive at 2:30. The walk will continue from AGS Middle School to Bush Park in Fenton. Pacheco, 17, a junior at Linden High School who lived in Fenton, committed suicide Nov. 27. His parents believe bullying is to blame, according to the Flint Journal. Pacheco also was gay, which led to him being bullied both inside and outside of school, said his mother in the article. “My son was very funny and exceptionally sensitive and …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Student, 17, ends his own life on morning of Nov. 27.