ROTTERDAM, N.Y. – Schalmont High School held a suicide prevention forum one month after a student's suicide.
Family and friends of Jack Gannon-Zebrowksi were joined by parents, students and an entire community trying to raise awareness about the issue of suicide.
As people learned of resources and support groups available to them, they also had the opportunity to ask the panel questions.
"I think there are a lot of questions in the aftermath about how the school handled the situation," Schalmont High School Principal Imran Abbasi explained. He said the focus has now turned toward prevention and learning how to move forward.
Lisa Riley is a member of a Suicide Prevention Group. She said, "I think anytime you see someone die by suicide the community feels it very deeply."
Jack took his own life in October after his family said he was bullied.
"Bullying is a popular topic," Abbasi said. "Another is how to build resiliency."
The evening of awareness also acted as an evening of love and support for a community still mourning Jack's death.
The high school's Web site contains information about the forum. It states "Our entire school community remains shaken by the student suicide that occurred last month. Events like this cause us to look at what more we can be doing—in our communities, our homes and our schools—to ensure the health and well-being of all our children."
Since Jack's death, a criminal investigation was launched to see if authorities could press charges against the bullying claims. Last week it was determined charges would not be pressed.