April 12, 2013: Hastings teen dies by suicide
An 18-year-old Hastings woman died by suicide Thursday, April 11, at about 10:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of Sibley Street.
She was a 2012 graduate of Hastings High School.
The woman was interviewed in August of 2012 by WCCO Television and shared her story with them as part of a series featuring the Washburn Center for Children in Minneapolis.
The story is chilling to read.
It goes, in part, like this:
For most teenagers, high school graduation is cause for celebration. For (the woman), it was so much more.
"I was so happy, it was like, I proved you all wrong," she said. "It felt really good."
For four years, (she) had been haunted by a horrible prediction.
"When I was a freshman, there was a huge bet that went on that I would kill myself before I graduated," she said.
Although the shocking "bet" might have sounded like teen teasing, it was rooted in reality.
"I was attempting suicide a lot," (she) said.