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CREATED May. 3, 2012
PALM DESERT--"I couldn't sleep all night," cried Junior Seau's father.
Tiaina Seau is left broken hearted. His son, football star Junior Seau took his own life. Seau's body was discovered Wednesday with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.
"But I pray to god. Please take me. Take me, don't take my son," said Seau's mother Luisa.
Closer to home, a student pushed to the edge, threatening to jump off a building at Palm Desert High School. While police subdued the child his peers continued to egg him on.
"Just jump already... im hungry," and "no keep it up we are hungry he can jump off a building on his own time."
"I was astonished. I didn't think anybody would actually do that in school. Plus the fact that everyone was tweeting about it and putting it in the public area, something so personal about somebody, it's kind of mean. It's probably one of the reasons he wanted to jump," said high school student Mario Rodriguez.
Rodriguez says the stress of high school can get overwhelming but there are ways to deal with it.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline hands out cards to schools across the valley listing some of the warning signs. Signs can include talking about wanting to die, feeling hopeless and being a burden to others.
"The negative reactions to one another, the bullying, the making people feel so isolated by saying such harsh words and harsh terms to one another. It's heart wrenching. They aren't being taught how to actually be empathetic, how to be nice," said Debbie Kahng, an Outreach Volunteer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Kahng says teen depression and suicidal thoughts are common and she encourages students and parents to call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline if they need help.