"A 15- or 16-year-old girl taking her own life is a reflection on the entire community," said Amrita Salm, a board member of the Carpinteria Unified School District who helped start the Carpinteria Cares task force.
"We also became aware that this girl had attempted to kill herself once before, and had talked with her
friends about doing it again.
Yet, even with all this warning, the community was unable to prevent the tragedy."
The girl's death begged the question, Ms. Salm
said, "What do teenagers do when their friends talk about these things?
"We can't expect a depressed teen to take the initiative to take a bus to Santa Barbara for an appointment with a counselor or a support group," Ms. Salm said.