Recently I wrote about the teen suicides that have been plaguing my town, and since that time, a group of parents and other volunteers have joined together to do something to prevent them. Every night since the end of October, they keep watch--like guardian angels--over the tracks where four of our teens have taken their lives in the last six months.
When I heard about the fourth suicide I thought, "That's it, I'm just going to stand out there myself until the trains stop running for the night. This has got to stop." I'm so thankful to know that a group of parents felt the same way and is doing it. I will be joining them since I know they need help.
What is the causing our kids so much pain? What can we do to prevent them from hurting/killing themselves? Our whole city seems to be involved in self-examination and reflection at the moment and that's a good thing.
If "Palo Alto Track Watch" prevents even one child from putting him or herself in front of a train it will be worth it. Our community is closing ranks and this response feels right.
To volunteer send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.