More suicide by train

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‘Bye Metro!’
courtesy of ‘chrismar’

It’s well-known that highly public suicides tend to inspire others to take their own lives. People who were on the fence before get emboldened to take the step themselves when they hear about other folks doing it.

I presume that’s a factor in the rash of people throwing themselves in front of Metro trains that has continued today; an as-yet unidentified person has been struck by a train at the Columbia Heights station and the investigators believe it was a deliberate action by the deceased.

If you’re considering suicide and feel emboldened by this, I wish you’d seek help. If you won’t, however, would you please just go drown yourself or something? Something that doesn’t drag other people down into your hell. I cannot imagine the trauma felt by the train drivers who find themselves barreling down on a person, unable to stop, and who will then have to live the rest of their lives with having been an unwilling participant in the death of another.

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


7 thoughts on “More suicide by train

  1. “If you won’t, however, would you please just go drown yourself or something?”

    I understand the sentiment, but this is still really offensive and irresponsible. Also, what place does this commentary have on this blog?

    People who suffer from depression or for whatever other reason are considering suicide often already feel that society doesn’t care about them and does not want to deal with their existence. Way to make that just a little bit worse.

  2. Well, the place it has on this blog is that I write here and that’s my opinion.

    I’m sorry you find it objectionable, but I think I was clear that I’d rather they get treatment. At this point I’m willing to be a little provocative to get someone’s attention. There’s been a number of cases where police officers who someone abused by using them for “suicide by cop” have been so traumatized by it that they subsequently killed themselves.

    As someone who is helped by medication for depression (though, thankfully, was never brought so low as to consider taking my own life) I’m highly sympathetic to the suffering of these people. However that doesn’t relive them from the responsibility for not harming others with their actions. Throwing themselves in front of a train is an act of violence not just against themselves, but against the train operators and other witnesses.

    It’s repugnant and I do not apologize for being upset by the selfishness it displays.

  3. Meh, leave them on the track bed and leave the blood stains on the front of the train to serve as a reminder of the following:

    1.)The train will hurt/kill you. Be sure you want to be in front of it, as it’s a decision that you can’t take back.

    2.) We really DON’T care what’s bothering you. Go jump in the bathtub with a toaster or something and die alone. I’ve got places to be and I don’t need you screwing up my commute.

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