Parkland Students, Alumni and Community Grieve After Second Stoneman Douglas Student Dies in Apparent Suicide

Lynda Miller (L), Soona Buchanan and her son, Shadi Buchanan, attend a memorial service at Pine Trails Park for the victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2019 in Parkland, Florida. A year ago on Feb. 14th at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School 14 students and three staff members were killed during the mass shooting. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A second student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School—the site of the February 14, 2018, shooting that left 17 people dead—has died in an apparent suicide, the Coral Springs Police Department confirmed on Sunday.

The death came just days after recent graduate and shooting survivor Sydney Aiello took her own life amid struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Police said Sunday they are still investigating the circumstances of the second death. The victim is believed to have been a male juvenile, according to the Miami Herald.

Students and parents connected to the school expressed shock and sadness on social media. Former student Jaclyn Corin, who became an outspoken activist for gun control in the wake of the massacre, wrote on Twitter that "trauma doesn't disappear." Other students echoed her concerns about the lingering psychological effects of the brutal killings.

Trauma doesn’t disappear.

— Jaclyn Corin (@JaclynCorin) March 24, 2019

"When it comes down to it our trauma was quickly swept aside because they wanted everything to return to normal," wrote former student Lex Michael. "We literally went back a week after it happened."

When it comes down to it our trauma was quickly swept aside because they wanted everything to return to normal, we literally went back a week after it happened

— lex (@witchyactivist) March 24, 2019

Stoneman Douglas alum David Hogg, one of the most prominent and outspoken survivors of that tragic day, asked on Twitter, "How many more kids have to be taken from us as a result of suicide for the government / school district to do anything?" Hogg added "Rip 17+2," connecting these recent suicide victims to the total number of those killed in the shooting.

Hogg also criticized those who have tried to minimize the potentially devastating long-term effects of the traumatic event, which wasn't just relegated to the shooting. Students who fought publicly for gun control faced online harassment and threats, and conspiracy theorists continue to target them.

"Stop saying 'you'll get over it,'" he wrote. "You don't get over something that never should have happened because those that die from gun violence are stolen from us not naturally lost. Trauma and loss don't just go away, you have to learn to live with it through getting support."

Just last week, the death of Aiello renewed concern over the mental health services available to survivors. Aiello's mother told CBS News that her daughter was scared to be in a classroom and suffered from survivor's guilt. In a statement, her family said the death was part of a "ripple effect."

"The death of Sydney Aiello is tragic, shocking and heartbreaking, and surely at least in significant part the result of the ripple effect of the MSD shooting," the statement said.

After the shooting, the Children Services Council in Broward County opened Eagle's Haven, a support center offering free services to victims, survivors and their families. But navigating mental health resources still proved difficult, some students said.

"This is the aftermath of a massacre. Mental health care treatment in schools is atrociously underfunded & under-resourced, even in Parkland," tweeted Ryan Deitsch, who graduated from the school in 2018. "Now is beyond the time to invest in the well being of our students & our future."

According to the Miami Herald, grief counselors in the area mobilized on Sunday to provide additional support. Widespread absences aren't uncommon at the school and students regularly report to trauma counselors "in tears" after fire alarms or other jarring incidences, the newspaper reported.

This weekend, Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky wrote a small item on suicide risk and teens for the Sun Sentinel in response to the death of Aiello.

"Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people aged 10-24 in the United States," wrote the mayor. "The teenage suicide rate increased by 70% between 2006 and 2016. People who have experienced trauma are at a greater risk for suicide. Trauma, mass trauma and suicide do not discriminate. Conversations around mental health must change. Know the signs, pay attention, check in with your family and friends and ask for help."

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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