Lake Mary High School teen struggled with mental health before suicide, sheriff says

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LAKE MARY, Fla. – The 17-year old teen who took her life Wednesday inside the Lake Mary High School auditorium  had struggled with mental health, according to Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma.

Lemma said she was hospitalized through the Baker Act twice before in 2015 and in December of 2018, three months before she brought the gun onto campus and shot herself.

Within those three months, Lemma told News 6 the teen had been seeing counselors both at the high school and off campus.

He did not say how she was obtained the gun or how she brought it onto campus. However, he did say the conversation needs to be focused on the importance of mental health resources for students.

“The healthiest thing we can do is talk about this,” Lemma said.