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Arapahoe HS student takes own life; 9th suicide since 2013

We've reported on students taking their lives far too often in the Arapahoe school community.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Another student at Arapahoe High School has taken her life.

On Tuesday, the principal of the school, Natalie Pramenko, sent a note to parents and students saying a student ended her life Monday.

She was a junior at the school.

If you are struggling, there is help. Colorado Crisis Services is available to talk or text any hour of any day. Call 1-844-493-8255 or text "talk" to 38255.

Since the 2013 shooting death of Claire Davis inside the school, there have been nine suicides in that community.

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The letter from Pramenko reads, in part: 

"Students, please remind one another how much you love and care about each other. Reach out to your friends and do not hesitate to let an adult (parent, teacher, coach, counselor, etc.) know if you or your friends are struggling.

Parents, please talk to your kids and their friends whenever possible. Listen to them and watch for any signs that are concerning. There are many mental health professionals here at Arapahoe, within our district and our community who can help.  Here is a link to many of these resources that are found on the LPS website. Safe2Tell remains a great resource for concerns to be reported anonymously. However, if you ever feel danger is imminent, do not hesitate to call 911."

The letter says on Wednesday the school is hosting a mental health session to talk to parents about how they can support their kids.

It's at 6:30 p.m at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church located on South University Boulevard near East Dry Creek Road.

A 2018 report from the Attorney General on suicide in Colorado found that between 2015 and 2017, there were 222 suicide deaths among young people (ages 10-18). Close to 68% of them were young men (150 deaths), and 32% were young women (72 deaths).

According to the report, more young women attempt suicide, but more young men end up taking their own lives.

"[I want] for kids to know that they can talk to their parents, that it's okay to struggle, that's important," said Attorney General Phil Weiser. "If kids think they have to be perfect, that they can't share any concerns, they're going to be more vulnerable."

Arapahoe High School also has mental health counselors at school to help with support. Arapahoe High School is located at 2201 E. Dry Creek Rd. in Centennial.

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In April, the Arapahoe Community Coalition launched a survey which it said found that most people who responded are concerned about the school's culture and the current administration. 

RELATED: Mixed reviews on Arapahoe High School survey released by coalition

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Following the survey, students, teachers and parents met with the Board of Education for Littleton Public Schools to talk about school leadership, climate, and culture at Arapahoe High School, which some say have eroded in recent years.

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