Isolation of the pandemic leads to suicide by 16-year-old

Isolation of the pandemic leads to suicide by 16-year-old
Spencer Smith (Image: WMTW screen grab)

[Ed. – Tragedies like this can be averted by opening schools.]

The isolation the pandemic has caused has been difficult for many, and it hit home for a Brunswick family, now grappling with the tragic loss of their 16-year-old son.

But they have a message for other families, even in their time of grief.

“Spencer had a very kind heart,” Jay Smith said of his son.

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The Brunswick High School sophomore worked two jobs, loved his family and friends, and football.

“He was a fun-loving kid, but we didn’t see the pain that apparently he was in,” Smith said.

Spencer died by suicide two days ago and his parents want other families to know this pandemic is taking its toll on teens.

“I’m not doing this about Spencer. I’m not trying to talk to you about Spencer. I’m talking about all teenagers and the way they feel,” Smith said.

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