The Newton school community is hosting a forum at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 in the Newton South High School Auditorium in the wake of two recent teen suicides in Newton.
Newton North High School student Karen Douglas, 18, took her life earlier this month. Douglas was reported missing on Oct. 3 and was later found dead in Natick.
Last week, Newton South High School sophomore Katie Stack, 15, took her life. Both young women struggled with depression.
“Katie was a very, very sweet and kind and sensitive soul, to the core,” her mother, Tiffany Baker Stack, told The Boston Globe on Friday. “She saw all the good in everyone and didn’t mind the bad in them. She was just really special in that way.”
The forum on Monday will include counselors from Riverside Trauma Center, who will help the community process the tragedies and help parents talk to their children.
Tiffany Baker Stack has set up a scholarship fund in memory of her daughter. She hopes to reach $25,000 in donations and already has more than $20,000.
“It is a very busy and challenging time in my life right now, but I would like to pause and let you know that my children and I are deeply comforted by your generosity and kind words,” Tiffany Baker Stack wrote.
“We are amazed by the outpouring of support from the far corners of our lives -- from second grade school teachers to college roommate mates to people we don't know, but empathize with us.
“It is truly special...
“Let us always remember Katie's wonderful spirit and desire to help the world with her love and support. She was a sweet and adoring child who touched so many of our lives in a positive way. We will never forget her kind and sensitive nature.”