TRAGEDY has struck in the US state of California after a 15-year old girl hanged herself because she was traumatised by the stay-at-home order issued by the authorities as part of measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
By far the worst hit country by this pandemic, the US has 561,159 cases of coronavirus, of which there have been 22,133 casualties. As a result, the government has introduced a lockdown, restricting movement, closing schools, banning social gatherings and forcing teenagers to stay at home.
Feeling the stress of the restrictions, California teenager Jo’Vianni Smith, decided to end her life, hanging herself. Her mother Danielle Hunt said that Jo’Vianni, 15, was found dead inside her home after she hanged herself.
She added: “I felt that I was doing all that I could as a parent to leave the communication open. It’s like, how do you explain a girl like her? If you met her one time, she made an impact in your life.
“She was a promising student-athlete, playing softball on travel teams as a catcher and second baseman, sports. Sometimes we may need to stop and worry about the kids that we don’t think we need to worry about.”
The Lodi Unified School District released a statement saying: “We were deeply saddened to learn of Jo’Vianni Smith’s passing. Jo’vianni was well-loved by the Bear Creek High community.
“She participated in band, played basketball and softball and was known for her joyful spirit on campus. She will be dearly missed by those who knew her.”