Mental Health

Two 16-Year-Old Kansas Girls Commit Suicide 48 Hours Apart

| by Vanessa Righeimer

Tragedy struck Olathe, Kansas, twice this weekend when two local high school girls committed suicide within 48 hours.

Sadness and shock first swept the community on Friday when 16-year-old Ciara Webb was found dead in her family’s home.

Webb’s obituary described her as an extremely likeable and compassionate individual: "Ciara will be forever remembered as the best daughter, granddaughter, loving sister and amazing friend. We will forever miss her contagious smile and personality that lit up the entire field and everything around her. Cici's young life was surrounded with the love of her entire family & close circle of dear friends.”

There was an outpouring of grief shown on social media from the community and from Webb’s friends and teammates. Cady Housh, a junior who played soccer with Webb, tweeted on Saturday, “Rest In Peace Ciara.”

The last tweet Housh posted, on Sunday, read, “Worst f---king weekend of my life.” That evening at 8:15 p.m., Housh decided to take her own life when she jumped in front an oncoming train in nearby Lexeca, Kansas.

A vigil was held on Tuesday night for the girls at Grace Methodist United Church. Dr. Nanette Roberts of Grace United spoke to the congregation of mostly teenagers, explaining that the best way to honor their friends would be to continue living each day of their lives.

The principal of the high school, Gwen Poss, sent a letter home to parents, urging them to "have a heartfelt conversation with your son or daughter this week."