"The young man seemed to be quiet, he seemed to be very calm," said Dale Emme, executive director and co-founder of Yellow Ribbon, an international suicide prevention group based outside Denver.
"For the officer to call him a coward, to say he
was cowardly, and man it up and come outside and then starting to put guilt on him about his
parents and other members of his
family - that's not a way to calm down a situation." Emme
said the best way to help someone contemplating suicide is to reassure him or her
, and try to locate a family member, a friend or a teacher to speak with the person.
The Hillestads said their son was depressed because his
girlfriend had just broken up with him.