RE: Too many suicides and
By Kristenia Johnson
September 10, 2009
I am having a hard time believing that people in Ketchikan could
solely blame a person for ending their own life.There are
two (from what I understand) different suicides in a matter of
a few months in Ketchikan and neither share two commonalities.
I should think that the author of "Too Many Suicides and
Attempts" who is only 17 years old could understand all
the pressure that exists in Ketchikan Schools. I am 25 and was
born and raised in Ketchikan. Having attended Schoenbar and Kayhi
I made my best effort to stay away from all the wrong doings
with my age group but there is too much of it out there to be
completely blind of. I find myself laughing when Ketchikan is
described as a close knit community. I believe there are groups
of people who live in "happy fantasy worlds" and their
friends and family that join them in these fantasies do feel
Ketchikan is close knit. Great for them! This is not true however,
this not reality and there is a HUGE problem among the young
adults and even pre-teens in Ketchikan.
I have spent years with youth groups and years as far away from
them as I felt comfortable. I even entered into a darker world
that lies in Ketchikan just under the noses of the parents there.
I can attest to the existence of drugs and underage drinking,
and have also bore witness to those that choose to "pray"
instead of act to help those with a problem. I am by no means
saying your children are in any wrong dealings I am saying that
sometimes the kids you feel are good additions to your children's
group of friends are the ones you should take caution with.
Anyone can put on a smile and say "Yes Mrs. Johnson",
"Thank You Mrs. Johnson" but they very well could be
carrying some dark and painful demons under innocent looking
Ketchikan has a large number of illegal drugs and minors consuming
alcohol, just ask any officer. It's an island, there is nothing
entertaining in the town for young adults to do (Which should
be taxpayers primary concern for their children) and there are
no nearby towns to drive to and attend a concert, fair,
miniature golf, etc. There are those that forever will live
in Ketchikan and those that desperately desire to leave. No one
ever seems to ask us that left why we left, I feel we are merely
looked down upon for not being true to our town. I will tell
you now, coming right out of high school, with years of build
up frustration, it became suffocating to live in a town where
the pressure to drink and do drugs at a young age is in high
throttle. And the lack of anything of interest weighed our spirits
down. Where cosmic bowling is taken over by a certain age group
and those not in that group are not able to enjoy their time.
Where a pool hall was the answer until it closed down after a
short period of time and you didn't feel safe with those that
stood outside with prying eyes. When your movie theatre only
shows 2 movies what might a young adult do the remaining 5 nights
of their summer?
I strongly urge adults and parents alike to stop the endless
cycle of telling your children to "go find something to
do" and work to create something that is save and actually
entertaining for them.
If you continue to blame those that get themselves into trouble
and ignore the possibility that times have changed with the constant
advancements in computers and cellphones that now allow your
children to text and hold conversations about anything that
their parents very well never hear or see. You will only continue
to fuel this fire of suicides in what could be a quite and lovely
We cannot know what was goes on in the lives and minds of those
that commit suicide, and therefore we cannot judge. I understand
that religions have their ideas about the act. But before you
say it is the "easy way out", I urge you to sit for
a second and imagine how "easy" it would be
to end your own life?
Received September 09, 2009
- Published September 10, 2009
many suicides and attempts By Mykayla Martin
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