Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tragedy Strikes Arcadia Senior

   
This morning we learned that a beloved member of the Arcadia High School senior class died overnight by suicide. Joshua Opladen was a friend to many, a great student, an athlete and a young man with tremendous potential. Josh also has siblings in other Greece schools and his loss will have a great impact on our school community. In an effort to support students through this tragedy, we have posted information about suicide prevention and how to deal with grief here. Counseling is also available at your school for those in need. Please talk to your children and provide them with the love and support they need to deal with this loss. Our thoughts are with the Opladen family but please respect their privacy during this extremely difficult time.

SCATS ~~ Kudos to District Office for being forthright with basic information about this terrible situation !

Does someone YOU know need help? Find out here
  

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

received the district call around noon. So sad for this family and his friends and the staff and students of arcadia. such a young life with so much promise.

Anonymous said...

Show from freakin brains, does it really have to be reported how he died. For once show some compassion

SCATS said...

To 1:25PM ~~ It does NOT tell HOW he died (like from an overdose, for example). Hiding the issue of teen suicide isn't helping to reduce the problem. It's adding to it. That's why I support saying who it is and the fact it's suicide. These problems need to be discussed openly, just like we're finally discussing bullying out in the open. People need to learn the signs and how to take action before these kids do this to themselves.

Anonymous said...

Yes SCATS it is a good question Didn't anyone see any signs. IF not why not. Depression is becoming more of a problem in teens

SCATS said...

To 2:11PM ~~ I just posted a link to a site that tells the warning signs for both those who are suicidal as well as those who are depressed. It's time people get informed about this societal issue.

Anonymous said...

Posting these is a good idea. Thank you

Anonymous said...

can we just leave this one be in respect? I don't want to see this awful situation become besmirched by those with opinions either for or against. Let's just let it be for today.

SCATS said...

To 3:46PM ~~ Opinions for & against what? Telling the truth that sometimes kids make very bad choices because they feel they have problems no one else understands? That's the ignorance, the let's-keep-our-heads-in-the-sand attitude that contributes to mental health problems. I have no intention of discussing the specifics, but the topic of being open to talk about teen suicide is a conversation that's very late to happen around here. If one kid learns from this it will be beneficial. We ain't Mayberry any more.

SCATS said...

By the way 3:46PM ~~ Discussion of the specifics about what happened have been posted MUCH earlier today on various social media sites. For the record, SCATS did NOT post this to Facebook.

I'm curious to know ~ If bullying was a contributing factor, would THAT make a difference?

Anonymous said...

How did he kill himself? This is such a terrible story.

Anonymous said...

What would help might be a place teens could go when they feel bullied, to et help and a place to feel safe. Scats, do you have such a place?

Anonymous said...

It is not YOUR issue SCATS....

Anonymous said...

As a mom and teacher, it's just as important to educate kids about personal demons & depression as it is to be aware of sexual predators.

SCATS said...

To 5:28PM ~~ Those are the sort of specifics I'm not going to address. It's the "why" that matters.

To 7PM ~~ Maybe the guidance office?

To 7:27PM ~~ WRONG!! It's the entire community's issue.

To 9:33PM ~~ I agree 100%!

Anonymous said...

SCATS, re the question of where students would go: most gudance counselors could not guide you to the bathrooms, much less deal with a real psychological issue like this. Per our experience most counselors are dealing with the kids at the top and the kids at the bottom and the vast group in the middle aren't even recognized by the students. In order to be of help, the counselors need have a relationship with the student. Most do not even know the students they are supposed to help.

Anonymous said...

Its just unfortunate that issues like bullying and suicide only get brought to the pages of a blog spot like this when they get published in this community. Some of the response to the comments here from the owner of this site appear defensive. It makes me think that after the last rant about the "hockey bully" and the owners ability to censor comments, the community would be better served to post and volunteer about this most important social need at places where your efforts will be vaLued. Posting a link after the fact and then patting yourself on the back does not make the owner of this site part of the solution or prevention-in my humble opinion. You fail to see that for most of the kids this young man touched in his life: this is their first experience with a loss of this kind. Speak to that. And if a popular, successful student and athelete like this was hiding his issues-who else is?

SCATS said...

To 8:36AM ~~ I think it's rather amusing that I'm seen as "defensive" for having to explain posting the exact same info GCSD posted followed by the D&C when the FACT is that social media sites like Facebook & twitter have posted MANY SPECIFIC DETAILS about what & how. Some of those postings were made by employees who allowed others to go into the details. That's "poor taste" in my book.

Talking about suicide should no longer be a taboo subject, just like talking about pedophiles and bullies are no longer off limits.

Your last statement hits the nail on the head for the entire point of this BLOG posting about it at all: "And if a popular, successful student and athelete like this was hiding his issues-who else is?"

Anonymous said...

Ugh. My first reaction is, of all things, to the headline ("Tragedy Strikes Arcadia Senior"). No. The proper headline, hard though it is (for the facts are hard) is "Arcadia Senior Commits Tragic Act".

Maybe a book I'm reading (2/3 done so far, on my nightstand) has something to do with it. It is "Less Than Words Can Say" by Mitchell. Important stuff. Words matter. Words shape attitudes, attitudes direct behaviors, behaviors kill.