BROWARD COUNTY, FL. (THECOUNT) — A second Florida high school student has jumped to his death in a matter of months. The unidentified 17-year-old senior took a fatal leap from a third-story balcony Thursday at Fort Lauderdale High School. Reports say, multiple students witnessed the deadly incident.

This marks the second time this school year that a student jumped from a school building. Back in August, a student at Palmetto Senior High School jumped from a third-floor building.


The current incident occurred at Fort Lauderdale High School at 1600 NE Fourth Avenue, Thursday morning.

Police were seen taping off a stairwell on the east side of the school’s three-story building.

The male student was transported to Broward Health Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

WSVN is reporting that several students witnessed the incident. School counselors are currently speaking with them and their families.

Upon hearing of what happened, parents arrived at the school to pick up and check on their children.

“I think we need to do something more about mental health,” said Paola McDonald. “Get together with your kids. Talk. Be there for them when they need to, even when they don’t want to talk.”

“We need to take the time to see all of our students and to see them from their perspective of how heavy the world must seem,” said Melissa Sherman. “I think as adults, sometimes, we tend to brush off things that our kids experience but we never really know what’s going on. Listen to your kids.”

Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright urged parents to speak with their children and to reach out to their school and counselors if they believe their students may be in distress.


Geo quick facts: Broward County is a county in southeastern Florida, US. According to the 2019 Census Bureau estimate, the county had a population of 1,952,778, making it the second-most populous county in the state of Florida and the 17th-most populous county in the United States. The county seat is Fort Lauderdale – Wikipedia.

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