School district: Lake Minneola HS student harms himself

By Bailey Myers, Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017, 5:21 PM EST

A Lake Minneola High School student tried to harm himself when he arrived at the school after hours on Wednesday night, says Lake County Schools.

According to the Lake County Sheriff's Office, they recieved a call from a concerned parent who's child was in contact with a student who was expressing dark thoughts.

Deputies say the teen broke onto campus and tried to harm themselves. Fortunately deputies caught up with the teen before it was too late. That student was taken to a local hospital and survived.

"It's heart breaking ... It brought me to tears this morning to know that there's another one," said Renee Lowe, a neighboring high school student's parent.

When the news spread that another suicide attempt was made at Lake Minneola High School just one month after another student took his life on campus, Lowe said both herself and other parents in the South Lake County Community are convinced they need to act quickly to save their kids.

"We've had a lot of devastation over the past few weeks and wanting to come together and figure out how to change the conversation,"  Lowe said.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident, said Sherri Owens, communications officer for LCS, in a news release on Thursday.

"... We are hoping he has a full recovery," she added.

No additional information was provided by Owens about the student.

Now Lowe, Minneola High School students and community leaders formed a group called We Are Listening. 

On Monday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m., they are teaming up with the school district to host a public meeting at the school to talk about spreading kindness and suicide prevention. The event will be held at the Lake Minneola High School auditorium.

Those in crisis can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).