Miami News

Fort Lauderdale High School student dies after jumping off a balcony

The Fort Lauderdale High School student dies tragically took his own life by jumping off a balcony at the school

A student dies from Fort Lauderdale High School has reportedly jumped to his death off a third-story building on campus. Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan of the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Department has stated that they believe the incident was indeed a suicide. According to the preliminary inquiry, the student committed suicide and left a series of messages.

Student dies due to suicide?

The incident happened Thursday morning at Fort Lauderdale High School. According to authorities, the 17-year-old was a male senior student who plunged off the building while other students looked on.He was taken to Broward Health Medical Center, but he succumbed to his wounds there.

The school was put into lockdown since there was a crisis team on campus and for the safety of the students. Following news of the incident, concerned parents rushed to the school to retrieve their children and ensure everyone was okay. Counselors met with families to offer reassurance and support.

A group of people in orange uniforms running towards a helicopter.

This is the second time a student has committed suicide this academic year by jumping from a school facility. A senior from Palmetto Senior High School also attempted suicide in August by jumping from the third floor. Counselors specializing in grief support will be available on Fort Lauderdale High School campus this week and the next.

This is a wake-up call for us to be more vigilant of the people around us who might be struggling. Reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255) or 211 Miami if you or someone you know is in trouble and needs support.

Follow Calle Ocho News for more breaking news as we cover the good and the bad happening in your area and all over Miami, FL. Subscribe to our newsletter as we bring you the latest news along with tips, recommendations, and more.

Stay up to date with the latest news from Miami


Click here to post a comment

  • You might want to do some fact checking before you publish an article. The student at Palmetto Hugh School attempted suicide. She did not die.

    • Yikes that's pretty harsh Kathleen!!!
      We greatly appreciate our audience feedback letting us know they're out there on our website. We also think you get more bees with honey in life but that's just an opinion. Sadly enough there have been 2 students that have attempted suicide in less than a month one in Fort Lauderdale one in Palmetto High School unfortunately the one in Ft.Lauderdale died so. Thanks for visiting our website and we hope that you find our content good enough to keep doing that.