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kiota is gone

Fifteen days before her 19th birthday, one of my students --- whom I had been helping with academic and creative work --- committed suicide. It happened very far from UVM, at her college on the other side of the country. They found her yesterday.

She had been born in New Jersey and had grown up in Israel from the age of three, near the West Bank, and returned to the USA last Fall to start college here.

She was doing some brilliant writing, far beyond what I've ever seen from a first-year student, and was being praised for it by her faculty. But she was also carrying a massive amount of pyschological pain, which was growing and had been for the past ten years at least. This finally grew great enough to kill all her hope of ever healing it in this life.

Along the way, many people tried to intervene to help her, including me: but the help proved to be temporary and the damage was unstoppable.

Only a handful of her LJ friends ever got to meet her in real life. I was one of them. That is as unforgettable as her death is. Her light will be remembered much much longer.


Apr. 17th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
Hi, Cat, these sound like great ideas.

In the local city paper where her college is, the obits typically run a week late and I haven't caught anything there yet.

In her hometown in Israel,I have no clue about public postings and where they'd be. I'm sure the family will arrange for this or has already.

Not sure I qualify as someone "who knew her well": like many, I had a very active online relationship with her for years, and by chance happened to spend chunks of her last weekend with her at her school physically [unlike everyone else].

Probably the ones who knew her best while she was a teenager in Israel, and had personal contact with her day-by-day, would qualify much more than I would. Two users who would fit this description would be "naomi_log" and "lotus82", I'd suggest you run this by them for their input.


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