Behavior: Children Who Want toDie

Their suicide attempts and depressions concern researchers

An eight-year-old boy tried to hang himself, and failed only because he could not tie a good enough knot. A nine-year-old girl attempted suicide twice—her mother saved her once by yanking away a bottle of rubbing alcohol she was trying to drink, the next time by grabbing her after she had swung one leg over an eighth-floor balcony. Other young children have tried to die by setting fires in their homes, jumping off rooftops, taking fistfuls of pills and slashing their wrists.

Actual suicides by children under 14 are still rare; fewer than 200 a year...

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