Because students on a Paulding County school bus likely saw the body on the side of the road as the bus passed the crime scene, Henson said, the school district is working with the affected schools and students to help them cope.
The suicide rate of U.S. teens has risen with social media. A new analysis says the two may be linked. The effect is especially pronounced for teen girls. In 2015, 36% of teens reported feeling desperately sad or hopeless, up 4% from 2009.
At no time during this incident did deputies or detectives believe the public was in danger.
“Teen suicide is a grave problem in the United States and should be taken seriously,” Henson said. “If you, or someone you know, is struggling with suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, depression, or any other ailment which might lead to suicide, please get some help as soon as possible.”
The Georgia Crisis Access Line is 1-800-493-1932.