Here’s a story that will just boggle your mind:
Montana Lance visited the nurse at his elementary school on Thursday asking to use the restroom. After the nurse noticed he had been in there for a long period of time, she went in looking for him only to find that he had hung himself. Montana was 9-years-old.
9-years-old?! This boy was still a baby. And why was he even aware of such a concept as suicide? When you’re in elementary school and you get upset you cry, throw a tantrum, tell a parent or friend. You don’t typically decide to end your life. Those are some pretty mature thoughts for a 4th grader.
Though far more rare than teen and adult suicides, The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control have reported an estimate of 33 suicides among 5- to 9-year-olds from 1999 to 2006. And about 5 percent of children suffer from depression, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Texas investigators are still searching for clues as to what might have led to Montana’s suicide.
Many experts attribute such surprising behavior in young children to the obvious: excessive violence on television and in video games. I agree with them wholeheartedly. And as much of a “no brainer” as it may seem, it still continues to go on! Get a clue: Televisions are not babysitters, they’re bad influences!
According to statistics on ParentsTV.org, 54 percent of children have a television in their bedroom and by the age of 18 a U.S. youth will have seen 16,000 simulated murders and 200,000 acts of violence.Â With that kind of stimulation, it’s no wonder we don’t have loads of children running down their streets at this very minute shooting everyone they see!
As cliche as it may sound, it all boils down to the parents. Did Montana’s parents notice any differences in his behavior? Were they monitoring his T.V. viewing? Had they been told of any problems he was having at school with fellow classmates?
Many more questions are yet to be answered.
This has been a horrible experience for not only the Lance family, but for their community and every one of us who has read about it. Little kids are killing themselves! I can’t think of anything worse. Something desperately needs to be done to prevent the loss of another young life, and there is no question about that.