CORONA — Counselors, psychologists, and even a specially trained police K-9 – used to help people deal with grief and traumatic events – are at Corona High School this week helping students, teachers, and other school administrators and staff, cope with the death of a freshman who officials say committed suicide earlier this week.
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The teenage boy, who has not been publicly identified, killed himself at a residence Monday, Nov. 26, Corona Police Sgt. Chad Fountain later explained. No other students were involved.
Officials have not specified if there was a known reason the boy killed himself or if the teen left a suicide note.
According to Corona-Norco Unified School District officials, counseling and support resources have been on campus since the boy’s death and will remain available “for as long as necessary.”
Students and those who knew the teen and are now mourning his tragic passing have been encouraged to visit the school library “to receive counseling support, get connected to resources, and speak with a trusted adult,” according to officials.
District, school, and police officials have also urged parents to speak with their children about suicide and suicide prevention, as well as how their deaths or the deaths of others affect everyone around them.
In the aftermath of the teen’s suicide, Fountain encouraged anyone considering suicide to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – a network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to those in crisis – at (800) 273-8255, or the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide at (800) 273-8255. Those needing to speak with someone can also contact Corona PD at (951) 736-2330.
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Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.
Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.