Is Success Killing West Coast Teens?
This is one area where they’d prefer lower scores. Along with academic trophies and a pipeline to Stanford, Silicon Valley’s Gunn High School and nearby Palo Alto High share a very dark statistic: Their 10-year suicide rate is between four and five times greater than the U.S. average. Why, in the birthplace of technology that delights teenagers worldwide, do so many kids lose hope? Many, especially students, are quick to blame the pressure to succeed, but experts say the jury’s still out on the causes behind this tragic phenomenon.