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Parents in Stark County talk about string of suicides: 'We have to do something'

Posted at 11:02 AM, Feb 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-22 11:02:48-05

While no one has much time to think nowadays, we stopped this week in Massillon to sit down with residents who are affected by the recent suicides and shootings in Stark County.

The Massillon community is just the latest to see a young person harm themselves after a string of suicides connected to nearby Perry Township.

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"Heartsick, we have to do something," said Barbara Joseph.

A few miles up the road from where Barbara sat, Jackson Memorial Middle School parents navigated one of the scariest days of their lives, after a boy shot himself in a bathroom before school started.

Wednesday, that boy died.

"It's happening way too much with these kids lately," said Darlene Jellel. "It's happening way too much with these kids."

Darlene's children are grown so she talks to her grandson about being bullied. Family, she says, can make the difference.

"I remember when they made fun of him, so I just told him he was a price," said Darlene.

"If you're feeling like suicide, get help," said Barbara, whose sister is a teacher. "If you're having trouble in school, get help, if somebody's bullying you, get help. The adults are there to help you."