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Nov 27, 2012 1:03 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton High School Junior Takes His Own Life On Monday Night

Nov 28, 2012 11:51 AM

A Southampton High School junior, in the midst of leaving the district and moving to East Hampton with his family, took his own life on Monday night, rocking the school community on Tuesday.

Emilio Padilla-Berrezueta, 18, who lived in Tuckahoe, had advised the school district that Monday was his last day at Southampton High School, because his mother recently got a job in Montauk that offered on-site housing, according to an e-mail that Southampton School Superintendent Dr. J. Richard Boyes sent out to teachers Tuesday morning.

According to East Hampton Town Police Chief Eddie Ecker, police responded to a residence on West Lake Drive in Montauk on Monday night at 10:40 p.m. He said police are still investigating the death.

Emilio had two sisters, one who graduated from Southampton High School in 2011, and another who transferred to East Hampton High School last week.

In his email, Dr. Boyes asked teachers not to speculate on the reasons behind the suicide, “out of respect for Emilio and his family.”

Southampton High School teachers were asked to read a statement to inform students about the tragedy and the importance of suicide prevention.

“A suicide death presents us with many questions that we may not be able to answer right away,” the statement read. “Suicide is a very complicated act. It is usually caused by a mental disorder such as depression, which can prevent a person from thinking clearly about his or her problems and how to solve them. One thing is certain: There are treatments that can help. Suicide should never, ever be an option.”

Dr. Boyes said the district sent several staff members to support the family in their home on Tuesday. Spanish-speaking counselors and staff from Southampton, East Hampton and Tuckahoe schools were available to support students and their families. Emilio’s classmates, friends and teachers were informed privately.

“Emilio had joined the district in ninth grade,” Dr. Boyes said in an open letter to the community on the school’s website. “He was well-liked and had many friends, especially within the Hispanic/Latino community. Emilio was very artistic and had a passion for drawing and painting. He had a great sense of humor as well. The district is truly saddened by this terribly tragic news and many are deeply affected by this loss. The Southampton Board of Education and Administration extends their deepest sympathy and prayers to Emilio’s family and friends as they grieve the loss of their loved one.”

It is the second student suicide in less than two months on the East End. David H. Hernandez, a 16-year-old junior, of East Hampton killed himself on Saturday, September 29. Friends and family have speculated that he took his life after being bullied over his sexual orientation.

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My condolences to the family and friends.
"Committed suicide" although it may have been what you were told by Police, family or friends. I feel it should have been worded differently. We all could have read between the lines even if it did not say it. Feel free to change the tile and delete this post if you agree.
By Common Scense (24), Southampton on Nov 27, 12 1:14 PM
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Generally, we avoid euphemisms in news stories. In this instance, though, I've made a slight change to another phrase, in the spirit of sensitivity.
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (206), Hampton Bays on Nov 27, 12 1:48 PM
I am so saddened that we have lost another wonderful, young man in such a tragic manner. My thoughts and prayers are with Emilio's family, loved ones and friends. They will need support and kindness from all of us.
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Nov 27, 12 3:01 PM
A terrible loss for his family and friends. Tragic.
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Nov 27, 12 3:41 PM
prayers and thoughts out to the family. It is indeed tragic when someone takes his or her own life. Pray for this young man.
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Nov 27, 12 5:00 PM
You should delete this post because you used "committed suicide" instead of something else. The wording of a teenager's suicide, after all, is what determines whether this story is important or not. That's just common scense, no?

My sympathies to the student's family and friends. Very very saddening.
By traffic (26), Southampton on Nov 27, 12 5:19 PM
With all the privacy laws why in Gods name is this public information? Give this family the peace and privacy it deserves. 27 East should be ashamed it printed these names. I feel like I need to take a shower after reading this invasion of privacy
By watermillluvr1 (11), watermill on Nov 27, 12 9:52 PM
Va a Dios--Amigo
By Jerry Eleyet (9), Southampton on Nov 28, 12 7:21 AM
... " in the spirit of sensitivity" - are you kidding me Shaw? The whole piece is a disgrace and totally insensitive. You people should get your act together - shameful.
By wrk (20), East Quogue on Nov 28, 12 7:44 AM
wrk = disgrace. Half this article, including the student's name, is ON THE SCHOOL'S WEBSITE or READ TO THE STUDENTS AND FACULTY. Reporting the news is the JOB of a community NEWSpaper. Get a clue.
By traffic (26), Southampton on Nov 30, 12 3:55 PM
A tragedy for the young person, his family and friends and the entire community. However, as we understand how acutely painful the loss of this young man is to all of us; may I suggest that the reference by name to D.H. has the potential to awaken pain just beginning to be tolerable for his family, friends and community. Each young person is unique, but as we examine why such hopelessness is occuring in our community and what we can do together about it with increased communication, supportive ...more
By hchcharriet (2), Water Mill on Nov 28, 12 7:47 AM
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So sad. A 19 year old boy jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday morning. I feel so bad for those who are so down that they feel taking their own life is the only escape.
By Rich Morey (378), Brooklyn on Nov 28, 12 10:21 AM
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My sincere condolences to all those mourning the loss of Emilio. Anyone who needs to talk or who might be experiencing suicidal thoughts, or is concerned about a loved one who may be considering suicide can contact Response Crisis Hotline at 631-751-7500, a free, confidential crisis and suicide hotline available 24 hours a day/7days a week serving all of Suffolk County. Response also offers free, confidential on-line crisis counseling services Monday-Friday from 6 pm to 11 pm at www.responsehotline.org, ...more
By lisaanne75 (2), Wading River on Dec 1, 12 5:32 PM
Si Habla Espanol- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK, y el espanol oprima el 2. Free, Confidential, available 24 hours a day/7 days a week

Response offers a crisis line in Spanish called Conexion- A quien para ayuda? 631-751-7423 available Monday-Friday 5pm - 10 pm. Free, confidential serving all of Suffolk County- Spanish-speaking counselors

Lisa Heim-Zeller, Training Coordiator, Response of Suffolk County, Inc.
By lisaanne75 (2), Wading River on Dec 1, 12 5:52 PM