Fayetteville-Manlius high school student commits suicide

Manlius, NY – A 15-year-old sophomore from Fayetteville-Manlius High School died by suicide over the weekend.

Jay Lu died Friday night, FM High School Principal Ray Kilmer, in an email to families.

He said the boy’s family wanted the community to know in case they could help others.

“Jay’s family felt it was important for the community to know how he passed away, in hopes it can make a difference to other students and families,” Kilmer wrote.

Jay was an active student, participating in Science Olympiad, The Buzz, Math League, Mock Trial and Chamber Orchestra, Kilmer said in the email sent Saturday.

Counselors will be available in the school library from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Kilmer said. In the coming weeks, counselors will be made available to students, he said.

“This loss is sure to bring up many emotions, concerns and questions for our entire school, especially for our students,” he said.

FM students and parents have taken to social media and started a petition in the wake of the suicide.

The petition began Saturday demanding access to licensed mental health professionals through the school. By Sunday afternoon, more than 1,700 people had signed the petition.

High school students are planning a walkout at 9:30 a.m. Monday, according to social media posts. The walkout will serve to protest the school’s response to student mental health and to commemorate Jay.

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Here’s where to get help

Dial 911 if you are in immediate danger.

1-800-273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Hotline. This free and confidential suicide prevention telephone line is accessible to anyone in a suicidal crisis or in emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK, the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in a nationwide network of more than 150 crisis centers, including Contact Community Services in Syracuse.

(315)-251-0600 Contact Community Services Hotlineprovides 24-hour telephone advice.

1-800-273-8255 Press 1, Veterans and Military Crisis Line

Crisis text line, a texting service for emotional crisis support. To speak to a qualified auditor, text HELLO to 741741. It’s free, available 24/7 and confidential.

(315) 448-6555. Comprehensive Psychiatric Assessment Program (CPEP), 205 Prospect Ave., Syracuse. This accredited psychiatric emergency room at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center provides assessment and treatment for people of all ages experiencing an acute mental health crisis.

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Martha K. Merrill