A student died after jumping off a Fort Lauderdale high school building.

Fort Lauderdale – A student attending a Fort Lauderdale high school jumped from the third floor of a school building. Officials called it a suicide. The incident happened at Fort Lauderdale High School at 1600 NE 4th Ave., Thursday, shortly before 10 that morning.

The individual had taken his own life in an act of suicide, and had left messaging prior to doing that.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan

Helicopters hovered over the taped off staircase where the teenager had jumped. The 17-year-old male senior was rushed to Broward Health Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

One girl heard a thud, a lot of people heard thuds, and I think I heard from the culinary classroom, you could actually see him being wheeled out.

Samuel Fernandez, a student

School counselors are currently speaking with them and their families. The school was placed on lockdown to avoid other students from witnessing the trauma.

Fort Lauderdale High School Principal Erin Brown shared a message to families regarding the incident, which read in part, “If any student or family member is feeling overwhelmed with loss or grief or just needs help, please reach out to the school. You can also access help after school hours by calling 211 or get help through Broward Schools website browardschools.com/student-services. This is a tragic loss of life and will be difficult for all of us. We will get through this together.”

“Our heart goes out to the family, the individuals’ family, Fort Lauderdale High School family,” said Gollan.

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This marks the second time this school year that a student jumped from a school building. Back in August, a student at Palmetto Senior High School jumped from a third-floor building.

Grief counselors will be on campus through the week and next week, as well.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).




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