What Could Have Been...
In memory of Jennifer (Fer-Fer) Lynne Marcoux....
Who, on 10-31-97, lost her on going battle with depression. Jennifer
attended a therapeutic school equipped to handle teens with problems.
On Halloween, she entered her school program dressed as a dead
person with a shirt stating
"Help Me" on the back, and a chain fastened
around her neck. Sometime between 8:05 AM and 11:30 AM, she walked into
first period and walked out. The last time she was seen
||alive by a fellow student was at
approximately 10:45 AM That would be the last time anyone would see
Jennifer alive. But couldn't anyone see that she was troubled and
crying out for help? Her family remained shocked and baffled as to
how Jennifer managed, and or was permitted to roam that halls of the
school without drawing attention to herself, considering she was
wearing a shirt that was blatantly screaming "Help Me."
school was contacted several times prior to Jennifer taking her
life. The most recent time was three days before. The faculty
assured the family of Jennifer's "safety" and that she would be
monitored closely, if need be, help would be made available, as all
the resources were within the school. For three and a half hours,
the love of her mother's life and the sunshine in her father's, hung
in a toilet stall without anyone detecting her absence.
Jennifer was never put on status for being late to class,
she had not even been absent more than one day in two and a half
years. Not even to be missed, not even concerned about her absence,
not one faculty member thought to look for her. She was stumbled
upon by another student on the first floor, main lobby bathroom.
We may never know what pushed Jennifer over the edge that
very day. What we would like to know is how the experts missed all
the classic signs and symptoms Jennifer sent out.
and Always in Our Hearts. In the Hearts of Many. We will miss you
and never forget all that could have been.
Love Always, Mom,
Dad, Tim, Meatloaf, Joe, Rob, Amy, Madison, Joey, Annette, Mary,
Anna, Jessica, Marina, Martha, Yessie, Fritz, Liz, Katie, etc. etc.
etc. Our lives are forever changed.