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Crisis counselors at Massaponax after teen’s death

RESOURCES: The following information is offered as a resource to parents, students and others in the community.

Anyone who is in crisis can call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) This number is manned 24 hours a day.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers the following Warning Signs of Suicide.

Warning signs of suicide include:

  • Observable signs of serious depression:

    Unrelenting low mood




    Anxiety, psychic pain and inner tension


    Sleep problems

  • Increased alcohol and/or other drug use
  • Recent impulsiveness and taking unnecessary risks
  • Threatening suicide or expressing a strong wish to die
  • Making a plan:

    Giving away prized possessions

    Sudden or impulsive purchase of a firearm

    Obtaining other means of killing oneself such as poisons or medications

  • Unexpected rage or anger


A Massaponax High School senior died early this morning on Interstate 95 in what Virginia State Police said was a suicide .

Crisis teams are at the school this morning to assist students and staff in dealing with their grief over the young man’s death, Spotsylvania County schools spokeswoman Rene Daniels said.

The 17-year-old died after being struck by a vehicle on the southbound lanes of -95, Virginia State Police Sgt. Les Tyler said.

He said the incident happened about 1:35 a.m. The teen apparently jumped off of the Route  208 bridge that crosses the interstate.

Traffic along I-95 got by the scene by traveling on the shoulder while police investigated. The scene was cleared just after 4:30 a.m., Tyler said.