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Teen Commits Suicide at Exclusive Dalton School

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Daily News: A 17-year-old student at one of Manhattan's most elite private schools plunged to his death Wednesday in front of horrified children playing on the sidewalk, police said.

Dalton School

The teenager's body landed on the pavement in front of The Dalton School on E. 89th St., according to police.

He appeared to have fallen from a window that was partially open on the school's 11th floor.

The teenager has not been identified but investigators said he was a student at the exclusive school, which was founded in 1919.

Detectives believe the student snuck into an empty dance studio on the school's 11th floor, opened the top part of the window and jumped, police sources said.

The school is in session this week and the body narrowly missed landing on several children who were playing on the sidewalk when the teen fell at 11:15 a.m., witnesses said.

"I heard a loud bang," said Dalton security guard Michael Brown, who was on the street when the body fell. "It sounded like a gunshot...he was just dead."

Brown said that E. 89th St. had been temporarily closed an hour before so a group of the school's fourth graders could play outside.

"The fourth graders were out here [and] everybody started running away from the body," Brown said.

"The teachers got them out of here pretty quickly. They were right there."

The school, which has 1,300 students in grades kindergarten through high school, did not have immediate comment.

Dalton is located on E. 89th St. between Park and Lexington Aves. and its notable alumni include actors Claire Danes and Chevy Chase as well as CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.


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5 comments so far | Post a comment now
sasha February 21, 2009, 3:28 AM

those poor children had to witness that what is our world comming to.

Soori February 21, 2009, 1:02 PM

It just goes to show that the teen was truly depressed. A clinically depressed person is so down that they do not think of other people around them, eg. I may land on those poor kids or they will see my dead body or how will doing this make my parents feel etc. The mentally ill need our help and it is a sad reality that depression in our society is on the rise.

Alicia Knauf February 24, 2009, 8:42 AM

Those poor students, teachers, and especially the parents of the student. I hope they can all find comfort somehow. This is so so sad! I feel so bad for the parents.

Jerry Sullivan February 25, 2009, 9:08 PM

This is so upsetting. I know one of the fourth graders who witnessed the death and apparently her and her friends were splattered with blood and she is seriously traumatized by the incident.

Diane March 11, 2009, 4:09 AM

I’m 70 and would like someone in their teens or early 20’s to give me a clue as to why young people nowadays, wish to end their life.



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