COPPELL – The Carrollton Police Department says an 18-year-old Coppell ISD senior took his own life Tuesday after school.
Coppell High School student Jonah Blackwell was found dead at McInnish Park in Carrollton just before 4 p.m. Neither the police nor the school district have commented further.
This is the second tragedy to shake the high school in the past week. On Sunday, 17-year-old Jacob Logan was cliff-diving in Possum Kingdom Lake and failed to return to the surface. State and local agencies were back at the location Wednesday attempting to find his body.
The Coppell Independent School District said it has doubled its efforts to help students cope with the losses, bringing in more grief counselors to speak with classmates of Jonah and Jacob. Many of their tweets after Jonah's death mentioned Jacob's disappearance.
Michael Cone, a Young Life grief counselor who is called in during these types of tragedies, said his goal is to help teens understand the often overwhelming emotions that come along with tragedies of this scope.
“I’ve talked to a lot of the kids about the waves, the waves of emotions the moments where it feels like, ‘Oh my Gosh I can’t handle any more of this,’ and then the calm,” he said. “And just talk to them about how that’s a natural form of emotion, that’s a natural form of mourning and how to endure those, just crazy waves, but then to also relish in the moments of calm and peace and help us to know that we’re taken care of.”
District officials say they do not believe Jacob's disappearance was a factor in Jonah's apparent suicide.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly attributed the confirmation of the teen's death to the Coppell Police Department. It was the Carrollton Police Department.