September 15, 2010

Wesleyan Student Commits Tragic Suicide

[Wesleying]
Tragic news from our friends at Wesleyan - a junior named Nora Miller committed suicide on Monday by setting herself on fire.

According to Wesleying and other sources, the student was airlifted to Hartford Hospital on Monday after she was found on an athletic field at around 7:30 AM with burns covering 100% of her body. She was later taken to the Bridgeport Hospital Burn Center. The incident was not considered a suicide until yesterday when the student passed away. Wesleyan President Michael Roth sent out an all-campus email:

"It is with great sorrow that I inform you that Nora Miller, a Wesleyan student from the class of 2012, died late Monday afternoon. Nora was a film major of great talent and energy, an athlete of distinction, an engaged contributor to our community, a devoted friend and a loving daughter and sister. Her parents, Jeff and Patricia Miller, are former Wesleyan employees close to many here. We have offered to help the Millers in any way we can."

Wesleyan has faced too much tragedy in the last few years. In May 2009, the campus went on lockdown after a man shot a student in the campus bookstore.

Update: Notably, although tragically, this is not the first suicide at Wesleyan in recent years. In fact, in May 2009 Wesleyan settled a a lawsuit with the family of a student who committed suicide in 2003, according to an old post in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The family claimed that the suicide was the result of "institutional negligence" after campus police dropped the student off at a hospital without making sure he received medical attention. The student, who was suffering from a panic attack, left the hospital and committed suicide.

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