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Increase in teenager suicide, social networks correspond; exists link?


AP In this Friday, Sept. 16, 2017, file photo, an individual uses a smartphone in Chicago.

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017|11:54 a.m.

CHICAGO– An increase in suicide rates among U.S. teenagers happened at the exact same time social networks usage surged and a new analysis suggests there may be a link.

Suicide rates for teenagers increased in between 2010 and 2015 after they had actually decreased for nearly twenty years, inning accordance with data from the federal Centers for Illness Control and Prevention. Why the rates went up isn’t really understood.

The research study does not address the concern, but it suggests that a person factor could be rising social networks use. Recent teenager suicides have been blamed on cyberbullying, and social media posts illustrating “best” lives might be taking a toll on teenagers’ psychological health, scientists say.

“After hours of scrolling through Instagram feeds, I just feel even worse about myself since I feel neglected,” stated Caitlin Hearty, a 17-year-old Littleton, Colorado, high school elder who assisted arrange an offline project last month after a number of regional teen suicides.

“Nobody publishes the bad things they’re going through,” said Chloe Schilling, likewise 17, who helped with the project, in which hundreds of teenagers concurred not to utilize the internet or social networks for one month.

The study’s authors looked at CDC suicide reports from 2009-15 and outcomes of 2 studies provided to U.S. high school students to determine attitudes, habits and interests. About half a million teenagers ages 13 to 18 were involved. They were inquired about use of electronic gadgets, social media, print media, tv and time spent with good friends. Concerns about mood included frequency of sensation hopeless and thinking about or attempting suicide.

The scientists didn’t take a look at situations surrounding individual suicides. Dr. Christine Moutier, primary medical officer at the American Structure for Suicide Prevention, said the research study supplies weak proof for a popular theory which numerous factors affect teen suicide.

The study was published Tuesday in the journal Medical Psychological Science.

Data highlighted in the research study consist of:

— Teens’ usage of electronic gadgets consisting of smartphones for at least 5 hours daily more than doubled, from 8 percent in 2009 to 19 percent in 2015. These teenagers were 70 percent more likely to have self-destructive ideas or actions than those who reported one hour of day-to-day usage.

— In 2015, 36 percent of all teens reported sensation frantically sad or helpless, or thinking of, preparing or trying suicide, up from 32 percent in 2009. For girls, the rates were greater– 45 percent in 2015 versus 40 percent in 2009.

— In 2009, 58% of 12th grade women used social media every day or nearly every day; by 2015, 87% used social media every day or almost every day. They were 14% more likely to be depressed than those who utilized social media less regularly.

“We need to stop thinking about smartphones as harmless,” said study author Jean Twenge, a psychology teacher at San Diego State University who studies generational patterns. “There’s a tendency to state, ‘Oh, teenagers are just interacting with their friends.’ Keeping an eye on kids’ use of smart devices and social media is very important, therefore is setting affordable limits, she stated.

Dr. Victor Strasburger, a teen medication expert at the University of New Mexico, said the research study just indicates a connection between teenager suicides, anxiety and social networks. It reveals the need for more research study on new technology, Strasburger stated.

He kept in mind that doubters who believe social networks is being unfairly slammed compare it with so-called vices of past generations: “When dime-store books came out, when comics came out, when tv came out, when rock-and-roll initially began, people were stating ‘This is completion of the world.'”

With its immediacy, anonymity, and potential for bullying, social networks has a special potential for triggering real damage, he stated.

“Moms and dads do not truly get that,” Strasburger stated.

AP reporter P. Solomon Banda added to this story from Littleton, Colorado.

VMA artists, speakers require equality, suicide prevention

Monday, Aug. 28, 2017|6:37 a.m.

. The MTV Video Music Awards are known for developing viral moments implied to shock or impress. But this year’s show was a far more full-grown affair that had lots of essential speeches, exciting efficiencies and pop culture occasions.

Numerous award presenters called for equality, including the mother of a woman who was eliminated while protesting white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, and a descendant of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Other artists reached out to those suffering from depression. Pink taught her daughter an important lesson of self-acceptance.

Lastly, Kendrick Lamar, the night’s huge winner, set the phase ablaze at the beginning of the program, while Taylor Swift bid farewell to her credibility in a new music video.

Here are the program’s leading moments:



Pink was honored on Sunday night with the Michael Jackson Video Lead Award. After carrying out a medley of her hits atop an automobile suspended from cable televisions and riding around on a lawnmower, Pink utilized her acceptance speech to resolve her 6-year-old child, Willow, who got here on the red carpet in a three-piece suit to match her moms and dads’ fits.

The Grammy-winning singer said her child informed her just recently she seemed like she was unsightly. Pink reacted that numerous artists, from Jackson to Prince to David Bowie as well as herself, were routinely made fun of, but pressed ahead with their art to motivate others.

“We don’t change,” Pink stated. “We take the gravel in the shell and make a pearl. And we help other individuals to alter so they can see more sort of charm.”

And in closing, she advised her daughter: “You my darling are gorgeous.”



The musical neighborhood was hit hard this year with the suicides of two rock artists, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington and Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell. Jared Leto, actor and diva of the band 30 Seconds to Mars, spoke about visiting with both singers and how Bennington’s voice was “at the same time ferocious and fragile. That voice will live permanently.” Leto utilized the homage to reach out to those suffering with thoughts of suicide.

“Hear me now: You are not alone,” Leto stated. “There is always a method forward. Reach out. Share your thoughts. Do not quit.”

That belief was amplified throughout an efficiency by Reasoning, Alessia Cara and Khalid, who carried out a tune for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, “1-800-273-8255.” The performers were joined on phase by suicide effort survivors, a few of whom were crying. Reasoning said the tune was “a platform to talk about something that mainstream media does not want to speak about: mental health, stress and anxiety and depression.”



Throughout the night, the relentless style for lots of artists and speakers on the stage was to require unity and equality. Paris Jackson, daughter of Michael Jackson, stated that America has no tolerance for violence, hatred and bigotry.

Susan Brother, whose daughter Heather Heyer was eliminated when a man owned his vehicle into a crowd in Charlottesville, stated individuals all over the world had actually been influenced by her child’s guts.

“I desire individuals to know that Heather never ever marched alone,” Brother said. “She was signed up with by individuals from every race and every background in this country.”

The violence in Charlottesville was triggered by the city’s choice to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. One of his descendants, the Rev. Robert Wright Lee IV, introduced Bro and said his ancestor has actually become a sign of bigotry.

“We have actually made my forefather an idol of white supremacy, bigotry and hate,” Lee said. “As a pastor, it is my ethical duty to speak out against bigotry, America’s initial sin.”



Taylor Swift stated completion of her track record in her brand-new video for her first single “Look What You Made Me Do,” from her next album. In the video, which premiered throughout the VMAs first hour, the pop star emerged from the tomb as a zombie and sang her accusations in a dark world where previous versions of herself come back to haunt her.

With a variety of recommendations to her feuding with other stars like Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West, the video parodies the media stories around her profession. It concludes with a number of Swifts arguing among themselves, with digs that have actually frequently been tossed at her such as “You are so fake,” or “There she goes playing the victim again.” Lastly it ends with her own famous quote describing Kanye West: “I would quite like to be omitted from this narrative.”



With the top-selling album of the year, Kendrick Lamar was the big winner with six awards, including video of the year. He opened the show rapping his single “DNA,” in a cage of laser lights. Then as he transitioned to his hit “Modest,” a performer is fired simply a few feet away from Lamar in a dangerous and rather scary minute. The rest of the efficiency featured ninja-like dancers scaling a wall of fire behind Lamar.

2 eliminated in evident murder-suicide in northwest Las Vegas


2 individuals are dead after an obvious murder-suicide in northwest La Vegas, inning accordance with City cops.

Officers were contacted us to the 10000 block of West Alexander Road, near Grand Canyon Drive, at 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

“Six fast shots right in a row,” neighbor Dustin stated. He asked FOX5 to withhold his last name.

According to authorities, Thomas Acosta, 44, killed his other half Noel, 46, then turned the weapon on himself. Noel’s teen daughter called 911.

“They had a 15-year-old daughter,” Dustin stated. “It’s lucky she’s OK physically, however mentally she’s going to be going through a lot for a long period of time.”

In a Facebook post, a female who said she’s Thomas’ stepmom published about the disaster. “Depression, abandonment, mental instability, misconception … are real sensations that have to be dealt with,” the message stated.

“It’s so hard to wrap your head around,” neighbor Jennifer Cress said.

Cress stated she knew Noel but not Thomas.

“I never saw a guy,” Cress said. “I didn’t understand she was married. I thought she was a single mama.”

Cress likewise stated Noel was a great neighbor who liked her kids.

“There were constantly teens at her home so I understand she was hospitable,” Cress said. “The kids always seemed actually happy.”

Stay with FOX5 for the most recent details.

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4-year-old eliminated in murder-suicide in southwest Las Vegas

Police tape blocks the road during a murder-suicide investigation (Austin Turner/FOX5). Cops tape obstructs the roadway throughout a murder-suicide investigation (Austin Turner/FOX5).

Cops tape blocks the roadway throughout a murder-suicide examination( Austin Turner/FOX5). LAS VEGAS (FOX5)- Las Vegas City cops said a four-year-old boy died, his mother suffered important stab wounds, and the suspect

, his daddy, died after a murder-suicide in southwest Las Vegas Wednesday. Officers responded to the event at 7:06 p.m. in the 8700 block of Norton Peak Opportunity, near Blue Diamond Road and Durango Drive.

The suspect was the mother’s estranged partner and the father of the kid. Inning accordance with Lt. Dan McGrath, the dad required his method into the house and proceeded to bind the mother and kid’s hands with plastic zip ties.

He stabbed both victims several times before turning the weapon on himself. Police said the grandmother of the boy was also in the home.

She called 9-1-1 and with a neighbor’s support was able to board the victims into an automobile, police stated. The granny owned to Southern Hills hospital where the child was later on pronounced deceased.

The mother was later taken University Medical Center in important condition, cops stated.

Responding authorities units thought the suspect was still alive and in the house triggering a short barricade circumstance, said McGrath.

K-9 units got in the home where the body of the separated father was discovered inside a restroom with apparent self-inflicted stab wounds.

An investigation is continuous.

The Trauma Intervention Program said in a tweet that a volunteer is going to the scene to supply support.

An IDEA volunteer has actually been requested and is enroute to offer psychological and practical assistance on the murder-suicide in the SW part of town.

— POINTER of Southern NV (@TIPofLasVegas) July 27, 2017 The Clark County Coroner’s Office will later on release the identities of the victims.

Stay with FOX5 and FOX5Vegas.com for developments.

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Authorities determine 4-year-old killed in murder-suicide

Police tape blocks the road during a murder-suicide investigation (Austin Turner/FOX5). Police tape blocks the roadway throughout a murder-suicide investigation (Austin Turner/FOX5).

Police tape obstructs the road during a murder-suicide examination (Austin Turner/FOX5). LAS VEGAS( FOX5)- The Clark County Coroner’s office launched the

name of the kid who was eliminated Wednesday night in an obvious murder-suicide. Authorities said 4-year-old Nova Knaub, of Las Vegas, lost his life in the deadly occurrence with his official cause of death pending.

Officers responded to the original situation at 7:06 p.m. in the 8700 block of Norton Peak Avenue, near Blue Diamond Road and Durango Drive.

Authorities stated the young boy passed away and his mother also suffered vital stab wounds with the thought opponent being the child’s father.

The male was the mom’s estranged boyfriend, inning accordance with Lt. Dan McGrath, and he required his method into the home and proceeded to bind the mother and kid’s hands with plastic zip ties.

He stabbed both victims numerous times prior to turning the weapon on himself. Police said the grandmother of the boy was also in the home.

She called emergency services and with a neighbor’s help was able to board the victims into a car, cops stated.

The grandma drove to Southern Hills healthcare facility where the kid was later noticable departed.

The mom was later on taken University Medical Center in vital condition, authorities said.

City murder detectives stated the event remains under examination.

Stay with FOX5 for ongoing updates.

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Vegas household of 3 determined in murder-suicide incident

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. LAS VEGAS( FOX5) -. Authorities identified the parents and their infant son who died in an evident murder-suicide Monday night in southwest Las Vegas. The family and a pet were all eliminated, according to City, in a house located in the Mountain’s Edge community. The house was in the 10000 block of Numaga Roadway, near Cactus Avenue and

Rainbow Boulevard. [RELATED: Infant, parents, canine found dead in apparent murder-suicide in southwest Valley]

Karen Jackson, 34, John Henry Lunetta, 40 and their 11-month-old boy John Dylan Lunetta were determined by the Clark County Coroner’s Office as the family deceased in the event. Metro said the two moms and dads and their kid appeared to have suffered gunshot injuries with John Henry Lunetta as the presumed shooter.

” He clearly shot the mom of his kid, the child, and then himself. There was likewise a dead pet inside,” Lt. Dan McGrath said.

Next-door neighbors stated they knew the family well, especially the dad.

” They were very good. John invited my dad into his home because he was a licensed therapist, and he offered my daddy messages on his shoulder,” next-door neighbor Philip Punzalan said. “I didn’t actually think he ‘d be a person capable of pulling something like that off.”

Anyone with additional info was urged to contact City’s Homicide Area at 702-828-3521 or anonymously at 702-385-5555.

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Baby, parents, pet discovered dead in apparent murder-suicide in southwest Valley


An infant, male, lady, and canine are dead after an obvious murder-suicide in southwest Las Vegas on Monday, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Authorities.

Officers reacted to the incident at 8:04 p.m. in the 10000 block of Numaga Roadway, near Cactus Opportunity and Rainbow Boulevard.

2 parents and their child appeared to have suffered gunshot wounds in a possible domestic-violence scenario, City said. The man is the suspected shooter.

“He plainly shot the mom of his kid, the infant, and then himself. There was likewise a dead canine inside,” Lt. Dan McGrath said.

The pet was also shot.

The guy remained in his 40s, the female in her 30s and the child was about to turn one-year-old, police said.

Cops said the woman had another kid from a previous relationship who is ok.

Next-door neighbors said they knew the family well, specifically the daddy.

“They were exceptionally great. John invited my papa into his home due to the fact that he was a certified therapist, and he provided my dad massages on his shoulder,” neighbor Philip Punzalan stated. “I didn’t truly think he ‘d be a guy efficient in pulling something like that off.”

Punzalan stated he never ever heard the gunshots on Monday night, however he understood the daddy kept “a lot of weapons” in the house. He stated he’s especially puzzled due to the fact that the family appeared so pleased, just days prior to the shooting.

“We saw them out here lighting fireworks and the partner was recording him and they were all smiles!” Punzalan stated. “It’s kind of odd, less than a week after Fourth of July all this happened … absolutely prayers out to the family.”

FOX5 has selected not to determine or post pictures of the victims– from regard for the family — up until the details is released openly by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.

Anyone with information is advised to contact Metro’s Murder Area at 702-828-3521. To stay confidential, call Criminal offense Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

Stay with FOX5 for the latest details.

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U.K. authorities say obvious suicide bomber responsible for concert blast


Peter Byrne/ PA by means of AP Authorities stand guard at dawn, after a blast at the Manchester Arena Tuesday, May 23, 2017. A surge struck an Ariana Grande performance attended by thousands of young fans in northern England Monday night, killing more than a dozen of people and injuring dozens in exactly what authorities were treating as a terrorist attack.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017|12:30 a.m.

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Ariana Grande Performance Explosion Introduce slideshow” MANCHESTER, England– An evident suicide bomber set off an improvised explosive gadget that killed

22 people at the end of an Ariana Grande performance, Manchester cops stated Tuesday. Cops said lots more were hurt in the Monday night blast carried out by a male, who was killed.

Forensic examinations are continuing to determine if the aggressor had accomplices, said Chief Constable Ian Hopkins. He provided no info about the individual who detonated the device. Hopkins stated a few of the dead were kids but offered no further information about the victims or the enemy.

Hopkins stated authorities are treating the blast as an act of terrorism “until we know otherwise.”The local ambulance service states 59

individuals were required to health centers. It was not immediately clear if cops were consisting of the assaulter among the 22 people reported to have actually passed away. The show was participated in by thousands of young music fans in northern England. There was panic after the surge, which struck around 10:30 p.m. (2130 GMT )Monday night as Grande was ending the show, part of her Unsafe Lady Tour.

The vocalist, who was not hurt, tweeted hours later:”Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry. I do not have words.” Patrol car, bomb-disposal systems and

60 ambulances raced to the scene as the scale of the carnage became clear. More than 400 officers were released after the blast. Manchester Arena stated on its

website that the blast struck outside the place as individuals were leaving. Some eyewitnesses said it took place in the foyer of the arena simply after the show ended.”A substantial bomb-like bang went off that hugely worried everyone and we were all aiming to leave the arena,”stated concertgoer Majid Khan, 22. “It was one bang and essentially everybody from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from unexpectedly came running towards us as they were attempting to exit. “The incident sparked a nightlong search for liked ones as frenzied moms and dads attempted to locate their teenage kids, and groups of buddies scattered by the surge sought to discover one another. Taxi services provided to offer stranded people rides home for free, and

residents opened their homes to supply lodging for others who could not get home because public transport had shut down. Facebook and twitter were filled with appeals for info about people who had not been

accounted for. Home Secretary Amber Rudd called the occurrence”a barbaric attack, intentionally targeting some of the most susceptible in our society– youths and kids out at a pop concert.

“Jenny Brewster said she was leaving the concert with her 11-year-old child when the blast hit.”As I turned around,

boom, one loud noise,” she informed Sky News. “A gentleman said’run!’so we ran.”Outside, she stated,” you could smell the burning.” Britain’s terrorist threat level stands at”

extreme,”the second-highest called on a five-point scale, implying an attack is highly most likely.

There was no instant claim of obligation. Advocates of the extremist Islamic State group, which holds

territory in Iraq’s Mosul and around its de facto capital in the Syrian city of Raqqa, commemorated the blast online. One composed:” May they taste what the weak individuals in Mosul and (Raqqa )experience

from their being bombed and burned, “inning accordance with the U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group. If the explosion is validated as a terrorist attack it would be the most dangerous in Britain because four suicide bombers killed 52 London commuters on three subway trains and a bus in July 2005. Video from inside the arena revealed individuals yelling as they made their way out amidst a sea of pink balloons.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the government was working to develop”the complete information of exactly what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack.”May is due to chair a conference of the federal government

‘s COBRA emergency committee later Tuesday. She and other prospects suspended campaigning for Britain’s June 8 election

after the blast. Authorities advised the public to avoid the area around the Manchester Arena, and the train station near the arena, Victoria Station, was left and all trains canceled. The Dangerous Lady tour is the 3rd concert trip by 23-year-old Grande and supports her third studio album,”Dangerous Female.”Grande’s function as Feline Valentine on Nickelodeon’s high school sitcom” Victorious” propelled her to teen idol status, starting in 2010. After Manchester, Grande was to perform at places in Europe, consisting of Belgium, Poland, Germany, Switzerland and France, with concerts in Latin America and Asia to follow. Pop shows and nightclubs have been a terrorism target prior to. Nearly

90 individuals were eliminated by gunmen inspired by Islamic State at the Bataclan auditorium in Paris during an efficiency by Eagles of Death Metal on Nov. 13, 2015.

In Turkey, 39 individuals passed away when a gunman assaulted New Year’s revelers at the Reina club in Istanbul. Manchester, 160 miles(260 kilometers )northwest of London, was struck by a substantial Irish Republican Army bomb in 1996 that leveled a swath of the city center. More than 200 individuals were injured, though nobody was eliminated. AP author Leanne Italie in New York and AP Music Writer Mesfin Fekadu in Jersey City, New Jersey

, added to this report.

Aaron Hernandez suicide note to bride-to-be: '' Inform my story fully …''.

In a note to his fiancee that was discovered in his jail cell after he hanged himself, Aaron Hernandez had one final message: “I told you exactly what was coming indirectly!”

In another part of the letter, he wrote in a parenthetical aside “( YOURE RICH).”

Those lines become part of a handwritten suicide note that prosecutors included in a legal filing in Bristol County Superior Court in Massachusetts on Friday. Detectives have actually stated three handwritten notes were found in his cell when he

was discovered hanged. State district attorneys are wishing to use the letter to argue that Hernandez’s murder conviction ought to not be abandoned in the wake of his suicide, as it would “reward the defendant’s conscious, deliberate and voluntary act,” according to a court filing.

The handwritten note is largely a personal letter of love to his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, as well as referrals the Savage Garden tune “I Understood I Liked You.”

” Tell my story fully however never think anything besides what does it cost? I love you,” Hernandez composed in the note. “This was the Supremes, the Almightys plan, not mine!”

The lawyer for the Hernandez family issued a declaration Friday calling the release of the note “unnecessary.”

The declaration from Jose Baez stated, “Instead of protecting victims, they are penalizing and abusing the Hernandez household who have to grieve.”

The filing likewise consisted of information of interviews with fellow inmates, including one source who said Hernandez had actually recently pointed out a “rumor” to the inmate.

” This report was that if an inmate has an open appeal on his case and passes away in prison, he is acquitted of his charge and will be considered not guilty,” the interview report states.


Massachusetts is among a number of states that has actually recognized a legal guideline called “reduction,” where courts throw away convictions for offenders who diebefore their appeal is heard.

Hernandez was serving a sentence of life in prison for the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd when he hanged himself on April 19. A trial date for his appeal in that case had not been set when he died.

Leaving the conviction might make complex legal procedures for Lloyd’s family, who has took legal action against Hernandez for damages in civil court.

Hernandez’s lawyers have actually asked Bristol County Superior Court to leave the conviction, which is generally instantly granted, legal professionals have told CNN.

Nevertheless, prosecutors submitted a movement opposing the abatement. They argued that abatement lacks any solid historical or legal basis, and added that Hernandez’s death technically finished his life sentence.

” An offender, who can cut off his own criminal appeal by suicide and stall civil lawsuits by a stay of procedures and then avoid application of collateral estoppel, has the reins of the whole justice system in his own hands,” prosecutors wrote.

Hernandez’s conversations with inmates

The filing consists of interviews with fellow prisoners who mentioned their response to his suicide.

Prisoners who stated they were “close” with Hernandez said that in the days after his acquittal of double murder charges he was “positive and even happily emotional, which was not usual,” inning accordance with the report.

Those who said they were “tight” or “genuine close” with Hernandez stated he had ended up being more spiritual during his time in jail, and felt his suicide was some sort of spiritual message, the report states.

The report likewise specifies that one inmate stated Hernandez had actually visited his door prior to lock in and specified, “remember when you die your soul gets reincarnated.”

“He was a very spiritual man who was constantly quoting the Bible,” one source who claimed to be among Hernandez’s closest good friends stated. “Considering that Friday’s verdict he had actually been speaking about the NFL and going back to play even if it wasn’t with the Pats.”

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