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spinbaby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-11-05 07:16 PM
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Are suicides not reported on the news?
A man committed suicide in a very public and messy way near where I work today. I was watching for it on the news but not a peep. My husband said that he thought that suicides were generally not reported so as not to encourage more suicides. Does anyone know?
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Dookus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-11-05 07:17 PM
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1. Generally not reported
any more than any other deaths, unless somehow other people were involved (e.g., jumping in front of a train, tying up traffic on a bridge, etc.)
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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-11-05 07:18 PM
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2. I think there's some truth to that.
A few years ago up here in the Twin Cities, a man killed himself by jumping off one of the tall downtown buildings into an atrium-like area known as the Crystal Court. With a name like that, you can imagine all the glass. It was never reported on the local news, but the story spread word-of-mouth. Ghastly scene, from what I heard.
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RedFireDiamonds Donating Member (30 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-11-05 07:20 PM
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3. In my experience...
Teen suicides are really not talked about or shown in the news. And, generally, I think most families don't like to release that information when a loved one commits suicide because they feel guilty or embarrassed, or just because suicide is a really personal family death, as opposed to say, a car accident.
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amazona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-11-05 07:26 PM
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4. in my area not reported as they are not news
Suicide is very common here and it is not considered news worth reporting. Heck, plenty of out and out murders are not reported, much less suicides.

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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-11-05 07:29 PM
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5. unless they happen in a jail cell...no
there were to sucides in the sacramento country jail this week alone, both hangings.
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