By Reg Chapman, WCCO-TV

NEW LONDON, Minn. (WCCO) — Hundreds of people from the small community of New London-Spicer gathered Sunday to deal with the crisis of teen suicide and embrace two grieving families.

A father says through his community, he’s able to find strength following the death of his teenage daughter.

Earlier this month, Tim Lucas of New London-Spicer found his 15-year-old daughter Halee dead. There was a suicide note next to her.

Two days after Haley’s death, 19-year old Zach Jones killed himself.

“Somehow suicide was an answer, was the way out. That was a huge lie. And spread that to our children and let them know it is not a solution. It does not help anything. It does not solve anything,” Lucas said.

The community forum brought together mental health experts, school officials and church leaders.

They plan to meet again next Monday.

Comments (12)
  1. st paulian says:

    Suicide is basically a way of saying “screw it, whats the point”…
    People need to be strong and move on, dealing with day to day issues can be frustrating – but in the end, once you’ve overcome the day – you feel great!

    Kids need to know, hey @ 15 yrs old – you have no IDEA….

    1. pat says:

      For some reason these kids are experiencing hopelessness, and can’t seem to grasp that a new and better future awaits. How sad for their families, I am truly sorry for their loss.

    2. Bud says:

      To St. Paulian,
      How dismissive and disrespectfull it is of you to address the horrors of suicide with such trivial comments. The pain, hopelessness, loneliness, fear and anxiety that may lead to such a truly sad result are not the result of a bad day. Many people live their entire lives with the scars and hearbreak experienced during their teen years. My heart goes out to the families of those that were lost and to those that survive the devistation of depression.

    3. carla says:

      you have no clue St. paulian.. no clue at all

  2. Sean says:

    I am so sorry for the death of these teens, I can not imagine what a terrible thing this is to go through. No one should ever have to bury thier own children.

  3. mira says:

    These stories are confusing. One says 2 teenage girls, and this one says one girl and her boyfriend (the same girl mentioned in the first story). I’m confused.

    1. Lucas says:

      Two different incidents…one was Halee Lucas of New London-Spicer earlier this month and her friend who is a boy(Dont know if they were dating) Zach Jones, and the more recent incident was Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz of Lynd/Marshall.

  4. Debra Noll says:

    Where is the National Suicide hotline number while you are doing all these stories about the loss of these two children. It is our job as a society to do what we can to prevent suicide in all ages. Please do your part, when you are telling these stories over and over again place numbers that people can call. Get some experts on to give warning signs of what people need to look for. Please lets do all we can to stop suicide. I know the pain that it leaves behind. I am Zach’s grandma.

  5. FLD says:

    Suicide hotlines need FUNDING and VOLUNTEERS. Contact your local hotline and find out how you can help!

  6. FLD says:

    From the Naitonal Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

    What Are The Warning Signs For Suicide?

    Seek help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional or by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK if you or someone you know exhibits any of the following signs:

    •Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
    •Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
    •Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
    •Feeling hopeless
    •Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
    •Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities – seemingly without thinking
    •Feeling trapped – like there’s no way out
    •Increasing alcohol or drug use
    •Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
    •Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
    •Experiencing dramatic mood changes
    •Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life

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