Originally Posted by jennyranson
This is a reminder to all families of student sons and daughters to make sure they REALLY know what is going on. Too many young people cannot cope with the stress of it all, and Christmas is an added burden that they cannot face. Sadly this is one of the commonest times of the year for this to happen. Even if you are sure that your children know you love them, take extra time to talk with them and try to unearth any deep worries or feelings of inadequacy. Reassure them. It is tough, being a freshman and living up to your families' expectations.
My thoughts, too. A few years ago, one of my students committed suicide on Christmas Eve, and every year I think of Michael and all the lost promise of his life. My heart goes out to your son, and Adam's family.