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Tributes flow after second teen who survived Parkland school shooting dies

Tributes flow after second teen who survived Parkland school shooting dies

A second student who survived last year's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, has apparently died by suicide, police confirmed.

Police received a call about a deceased person at a home Saturday night and arrived at the scene to find a juvenile who died of an apparent suicide, a Coral Springs Police spokesman told Fox News on Sunday.

Her mother told a CNN affiliate that her daughter suffered from survivor's guilt after the Parkland school shooting and had recently been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Police are still investigating the student's death.

Meadow's father Andrew Pollack, who has turned into a gun reform activist following the attack, told the Miami Herald his "heart goes out to those poor, poor parents".

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Officials did not identify the student, but the Herald reported that sources said the student was a male sophomore.

Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, President and CEO of the Children's Services Council of Broward County, told WFOR the Parkland tragedy proved that people need to work to get over the stigma associated with mental health problems and a troubling inability to ask for help when you're struggling. Her funeral took place Friday.

Her Facebook page, which has been turned into a memorial, shows pictures of her on the beach and with friends. "Meadow and Sydney were friends for a long, long time", Mr Pollack, who has become an advocate for gun control since his daughter's death, said. "Killing yourself is not the answer".

The February 14, 2018 massacre was carried out by former Stoneman Douglas student Nikolas Cruz, then 19, who confessed to being the gunman and was indicted on 17 counts of murder. She loved yoga and according to her mother, wanted to dedicate her life to helping others. There aren't enough resources for students across the country, she said, but there's also a shortfall in her own school.

You can phone the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1 800 273 8255.