Ruidoso Struggles after Four Teenage Suicides

Staff Report
The Associated Press

RUIDOSO, N.M. (AP) - Authorities and school officials in the Ruidoso area are helping students deal with what is believed to be a string of teenage suicides.

In the last two months, three teenagers and a 24-year-old have committed suicide. The teenagers were students in the Ruidoso and Mescalero school districts. Mescalero Police Chief William Mitchell says two died from gunshot wounds and two died from hangings.

Mitchell is also investigating the apparent suicide of the 24-year-old and the death of a 26-year-old man. Both occurred within the same period.

Investigators are waiting for autopsy reports.

Meanwhile, Ruidoso High School officials are providing counseling to students.