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Gunn High student killed by train; school mourns

Original post made on May 5, 2009

The 16-year-old male killed by Caltrain Tuesday morning at the East Meadow Drive crossing was a student at Gunn High School, school officials have confirmed. ==B Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online==
==B Related item:==
■ [Web Link Gunn announces student's death, with sadness]

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, May 5, 2009, 7:11 PM

Comments (6)

Posted by Friend, a resident of another community
on May 5, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Man, i feel terrible for his family...I wonder how they're taking this.
Pray for them.


Posted by Mark Ling, a resident of another community
on May 5, 2009 at 9:10 pm

I'm a student from 7th grade, and i think that people should care about their life because without it you could not do anything else.


Posted by PAUSD Alum & Passer By Today, a resident of another community
on May 5, 2009 at 9:36 pm

I was slowed going through the intersection this morning and then shocked to see the yellow tarp covering the body 100 yards from me as I passed by. It was a horrifying reality after just reading about the woman by the San Antonio Street Station yesteday. I prayed it was not a student from the former Wilbur Jr. Hgh adjacent to the site, but it sadddens me very very deeply to know it was a Gunn Sr High School Junior who made this choice today. Adolescence has so much opportunity to make mistakes and if we survive, mistakes we can learn from. My heart goes out to the family, friends and classmates of this young man who saw no other choice for what troubled him. There is always a choice. Always. My heart goes out to this student's family.


Posted by A mother of 3 children, a resident of another community
on May 5, 2009 at 11:02 pm

Please remove the photos. It is such an awful tragedy. Pray for the young man and everyone who loved him.


Posted by Another mother, a resident of another community
on May 6, 2009 at 10:54 am

Please remove photos of the body under the tarp. Those are unnecessary and causing additional stress and pain to family and students. Please, Almanac News, have some integrity.


Posted by pragmatic, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 6, 2009 at 11:38 am

The above poster(s) who insist(s) that the photos be removed is(are) really saying "let's not deal with this -- it's too horrible."

Instead, someone needs to take a hard look at what is happening around here. This is a cold, apathetic community that is more focused on scores, resume fodder, and material wealth than on character or caring for others. Some people have devoted relatives and friends, but for most, there's only adulation if you're at the top and scorn if you're not. As a society, the PA-MP area is devoid of the human connections that add value to our existence.

Maybe those of us who are bothered by the local culture just need to take our vulnerable children and leave, because I don't know that we can change it. But I do know that change begins by looking atrocities and tragedies in the face, not by sweeping them out of our sight.


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