After three area teen suicides, Rockwall ISD to hold forum



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Posted on May 31, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 3 at 11:19 AM

ROCKWALL -- The ribbons tied outside her home in memory of her daughter are starting to unravel, but the one thing Christina Harrison is trying not to do is come completely undone with grief.

Sunday, she buried her 14-year-old daughter, Brianna Escobedo. She died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"We've all laid in bed and cried and laughed and told stories," Harrison said. "The laughter, just the happiness of what she did or would do in a situation is what's getting us through right now."

Like a lot of teens, Bre, as she liked to be called, documented her many moods through pictures, but the one face her mother says she never saw was sadness. At least, not the kind that would lead the Utley Middle School student to take her own life.

She was athletic and had plenty of friends. There is the nagging question of why.

"What she did took her pain away, but gave it to everybody else," Harrison said.

Sadly, Bre is just one of three Rockwall-area teens who have committed suicide this spring, and the second within a month. As a result, Rockwall Independent School District is hosting a community forum on suicide prevention next Tuesday, June 4.

"Because of the timeliness of it, we think this is a subject that is on a lot of people's minds and we're really hoping they will come out and get this information," said Sheri Fowler, executive director of communications for Rockwall ISD.

The forum will be held at Rockwall High School Performing Arts Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. It will feature two special community speakers that will provide parents with more information about the warning signs of depression and suicide in teenagers.

Fowler said this not the first or only time the district has offered this type of information to parents and students, but acknowledged recent events might have created more of an interest. She emphasized that everyone is welcome, including parents and students from other districts and surrounding communities.

Featured speakers are Licensed Master Social Worker Missy Wall, a director of the Teen CONTACT program, and family therapist Chris Green, who has a private counseling practice in Rockwall.

Friends and family members are trying to help Bre's mother pay for her funeral expenses. She has three other school-aged children and at this time, is unsure whether a life insurance policy will pay any of the expense because of the nature of Bre's death.

They are asking people to make donations to the Brianna Escobedo fund, located at American National Bank in Rockwall located on Ridge Road.

Donations can also be mailed, with checks/money order payable to:

American National Bank ATTN: Nicole Cavanaugh
PO Box 40
Terrell, TX 75160

Or can be made at this website: In Loving Memory of Brianna "Bre" Raquell Escobedo