WASHINGTON — U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla. released the following statement in response to news of an apparent death by suicide of a student at Lake Mary High School:
“I stand in solidarity with the entire Lake Mary High School community during this difficult time, and offer my deep condolences to the student’s family, friends, and loved ones. Deaths by suicide are tragic events that, under any circumstance, are hard to comprehend. While we do not yet understand the reasons that led this young student to make this heartbreaking decision, it is clear that we must be more sensitive to the difficulty faced by individuals dealing with day-to-day stress, emotional suffering, and mental health issues—specially at a young age. I urge our community to continue to be proactive in identifying ways we can offer our guidance, love, and acceptance to those who may need a hand as they deal with this type of emotional distress.
“I will keep her family in my prayers and offer any assistance I can provide to help them cope with this unimaginable loss.”