“There were no indications to any of us — or to his family — that Roee was even contemplating suicide. There are no easy answers. It is simply beyond comprehension," wrote Stembridge.
This is the third death of a Newton high school student by suicide in this school year. Newton North senior Karen Douglas and Newton South sophomore Katie Stack took their lives in October. Newton held a community forum in the wake after the two girls’ suicides. The suicides also sparked a national debate.
In the wake of Grutman's death, the schools will hold a community forum in the Newton South High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11.
Lila McCain, Douglas' mother, has been working to raise awareness about adolescent depression and mental health in the wake of her daughter's death.
“It just feels like a surreal nightmare that I can’t wake up from,” McCain told the Boston Globe. “I’m still trying to process Karen’s loss, and move forward . . . and now Roee. I’m numb. When they say there are no words, there are no words.”