California student-athlete commits suicide amid coronavirus
A mother in California is urging parents to communicate with their children during the Covid-19 pandemic after her daughter committed suicide.
Jo’Vianni Smith, 15, did not leave behind a note, but her mother believes she may have had a hard time coping with California’s statewide stay-at-home order.
Her mother, Danielle Hurt, told Fox40 she saw no signs that her daughter was depressed. Jo’Vianni was an athlete and regularly posted on her social media sites.
“I felt that I was doing all that I could as a parent to leave the communication open,” Hunt told Fox40.
In a statement about Jo’Vianni’s death, the Lodi Unified School District said they were “deeply saddened to learn of Jo’Vianni Smith’s passing. Jo’Vianni was well-loved by the Bear Creek High community.”
They also promised to offer remote counseling and bereavement services
She was a member of the band and loved to play on the school’s basketball and softball team.
Fox40 reports that Jo’Vianni isn’t the first student to commit suicide during this time. In a nearby neighborhood, school officials say two other students have died.
Jo’Vianni’s mother now urges parents to check on their kids, even if they’re smiling.
“Sometimes, we may need to stop and worry about the kids that we don’t think we need to worry about,” Hunt said.
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