On April 26, 2008, Manasquan High School was devastated by the loss of a student, Tim Schenke, who committed suicide. I remember where I was when I heard the news. I was at the school’s production of Jeckyll and Hyde and found out during intermission. That night, hundreds of students gathered outside the school to hold a candlelight vigil. Here, students wrote messages on the wall, people spoke and music could be heard in the background. It was unbelievable- something we never experienced before and did not know how to get through it.
Four years later, the school and surrounding community are still picking up the pieces- from this loss and the subsequent suicides that followed 😦 .
Tim’s mother, Lisa Schenke, has created a website and Facebook page dedicated to helping teens, parents and friends dealing with the prospects of suicide. The site is also a place for updates on her memoir, “Without Tim: A Son’s Fall to Suicide, A Mother’s Rise from Grief.”