CDC: Middle school suicide rates surpass crash death rates


For the first time, suicide rates for middle school-aged children in the U.S. have surpassed the rate of deaths in car crashes, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The suicide rate for children aged 10-14 doubled from 2007 to 2014, including 425 reported deaths by suicide in 2014.

In the that same year, 384 middle school-aged children died in car crashes, according to the CDC report.

In 1999, the rate of crash deaths was more than four times the rate of suicides for that age group, the CDC said.

The data, released Friday, comes on the heels of a national story about an 11-year-old cancer survivor in Ohio who killed herself because of relentless bullying about her “crooked” smile.

Bethany Thompson, who survived a brain tumor as a child, shot herself Oct. 19 in her home.