Utah has long been one of America’s suicide-friendliest states, and now in just a few short months seven students at a high school there have killed themselves.

Says here parents should lock up their guns! I guess the idea is that if you have simple 100% fatal devices all over every countertop in your house, your moody impulsive fourteen year old might just grab one!

But even if you did go to the trouble of locking up your extensive arsenal, there’s the fact that Utah is also one of America’s friendliest open carry states. UD was there not long ago, and was pretty unnerved to see big ol’ guns bouncing off of people’s jeans while they walked through supermarket parking lots. You figure your moody impulsive fourteen year old might get ideas every day, simply by walking around town. I mean, it’s inspiring.


The statistics are pretty shocking. If there’s ever a Book of Mormon 2, it would need to feature half of the original group of young missionaries going back to Salt Lake City and blowing their heads off.


Fascinating comment thread here. Most commenters put the blame on religion. But there’s this:

If you have a teenager and a gun in your house, choose one and get rid of the other.

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3 Responses to “They’re dropping like flies at Herriman High.”

  1. dmf Says:

    strict culture of shame + guns + teens= death

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Strange brew… see what’s inside of you…

  3. dmf Says:

    places like Cornell have long had to deal with the suicides of students who couldn’t lose “face” by returning home as failures, can’t imagine how this will get amped up by digital-tracking-shame systems like China is now employing I’m sure someone is working on a church-based app as we speak…

    ps thanks for the earworm

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