STARK COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Since August, four Perry Township students have committed suicide.
The latest happened on Jan. 1.
Family members say Brody McNutt, 14, and an eighth grader at Edison Middle School was charming, hilarious and caring. He reportedly shot himself.
Students in town say conversations about teen suicide are long overdue.
"A lot of the times if you just want to brush suicides like this under the rug, then you're missing the point completely. How are you going to fix it if you can't even admit that there's a problem?" said Jay Smith, Massollin High School alumni.
Wednesday at B & K Cafe, parents and students expressed their concerns about the back to back deaths. Several recent graduates said they're all troubled and feel teen suicide is almost like a fad now.
"You know everybody is tweeting how they want to die now but when it comes down to it, there are actually people who feel like that and I feel like it's kind of watered down because of the how much people are like, oh, I want to kill myself and I'm even guilty of that, you know?" said Jared With, Perry High School Alumni.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help with Brody's funeral costs.
Three other Perry High School students committed suicide last year; the first suicide was in August, the second in September and then November.
Counselors are currently at the middle school to help students and staff cope with this latest tragedy.
Statement from Perry Local School System:
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