Unbearable: Teen Parkland shooting survivor takes own life; suffered PTSD

Unbearable: Teen Parkland shooting survivor takes own life; suffered PTSD
Sydney Aiello. GoFundMe image via CBS 4 Miami

[Ed. – We don’t know if this was the only trauma in her life, and certainly don’t know enough to be certain why she did this. But many are asking if such tragic outcomes have been made more likely by the crass over-politicization of events like this — from which victims need to heal, rather than being held up for months or years at a time as examples of political themes. R.I.P., little one.]

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School community is mourning another loss. Sydney Aiello was a recent MSD graduate who was close friends with Meadow Pollack, one of the victims of the Parkland shooting.

Aiello’s mother said her daughter took her own life last weekend.


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Aiello was described as a vibrant young woman who was focused on her grades and a joy to be around. Cara Aiello said her daughter was on campus the day of the shooting but not in Freshman Building. She said Sydney struggled with survivor’s guilt and was recently diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Cara said Sydney struggled to attend college classes because she was afraid of being in a classroom and was often sad recently but never asked for help before she killed herself.

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