Promoting Hope, Preventing Suicide

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The School Shooter That Wasn't: The Story of Thomas Kane

Not just another school shooter.

This week, I had the opportunity to be a guest blogger on Suicide Prevention News and Comment (SPNAC), a blog created by suicide prevention advocate and survivor Franklin Cook to help communities keep up-to-date on developments in the fields of suicide prevention and suicide grief support.

My post on SPNAC is a critique of media coverage of the recent suicide death of a young man named Thomas Kane in Canandaigua, New York. Media reports featured more details than are usually told in a story about suicide; Kane's death led to police uncovering Kane's plans for a school shooting.

Here is an excerpt from my post: "At first, I questioned why media would report such details. Why would journal excerpts be included in news articles? Isn't it sensationalizing a tragic death to draw attention to the intimate details of a young man's psyche? But then I realized that I wanted to capture those same details as I told the story to you, for those very details are part of what makes Kane's story newsworthy."

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Read the full article at Suicide Prevention News and Comment.

Copyright 2009 Elana Premack Sandler, All Rights Reserved

Elana Premack Sandler, L.C.S.W., M.P.H., is a public health social worker specializing in violence and injury prevention and adolescent health promotion.

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