NYC Landmarks Becoming Suicide Haven?

Numbers Choosing To End Life From Structures On Rise

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — New Jersey prosecutors say no decision has been made on whether to add additional charges in the Rutgers suicide case.

Students Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei are charged with invasion of privacy. The Middlesex County district attorney might add bias charges. Ravi and Wei are accused of streaming online video of classmate Tyler Clementi during a sexual encounter with another man.

He later committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge.

Clementi is the most recent example of a New York City landmark becoming the site for tragedy. As CBS 2’s Mark Morgan reports, there is a reason those who take their own life choose an iconic structure for their final act.

When Clementi leapt to his death from the GWB, the Rutgers student’s suicide drew national attention.

“This is the way you are guaranteed some sort of notoriety. You know if you jump from that landmark, whether the George Washington Bridge or the Empire State Building, that people will know about it and you are making a statement,” clinical psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Gardere said.

Kevin Hines jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco in 2000 and survived. There are now plans for a net that will jut out from the bridge, to hopefully help save lives.

If it was there when I jumped, I would not have jumped,” Hines said.

Barriers have been constructed on the bridges spanning gorges in Ithaca, N.Y., where six Cornell University students committed suicide last year.

Anything that can obstruct a “clean” jump, because people don’t want to deal with the pain of falling into something like that,” Gardere said.

As of Aug. 31, the NYPD had responded to more than 600 reports of people jumping or threatening to jump from buildings or bridges. That number marked a 27 percent increase over the same period last year.

A Port Authority spokesperson told Morgan: “We are continuing to partner with mental health experts to further strengthen prevention efforts.”

Gardere said many suicides are the result of a person who feels they don’t have any other alternative, and that landmarks become “magnets” for those contemplating ending their life.

According to a Center for Disease Control study covering 2002-’06, jumping off buildings or bridges was the fourth leading cause of suicide among young people ages 10 to 24.


One Comment

  1. GunControlSarcasm says:

    If we simply restrict buildings to 3 floors or less think of all the lives we could save.

  2. paracb says:

    The doctor may be confusing his own desire for bringing attention to oneself and the intentions of a suicidal person.

    The suicide in this story seems to be from someone who was trying to avoid attention, and believed after what was done he would never get this obscurity.

    There are many places where a suicide would bring a lot more attention if the intent was about drawing attention.

    People also jump from bridges that are not famous landmarks.

    More likely is that the location is well known to the person committing the act.

  3. Organic says:

    It ain’t the fall that kills at all; its the deceleration.

    1. The Alcatraz Kid says:

      Thank You!

  4. b says:

    You would think with a book full of ghost stories and weakling for a god, someone would be able to have a little compassion for these idiots. Guess capitalism failed, and god is dead.

  5. vmedia says:

    they should build higher bridges and videotape the jumpers. i love watching the vids on M90

  6. GunnyG says:

    I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THEM JUMPING! I expect that there will be A LOT of liberals jumping after Nov 2010 and Nov 2012!

    The Anti Liberal Zone

  7. N37BU6 says:

    Maybe we can put nets around vaginas to save all the babies the nanny-state is killing?

  8. N37BU6 says:

    A freaking net? That’s government “logic” for you.

    1) What’s stopping them from jumping off something else?
    2) How hard is it to climb to the edge of a net and jump?
    3) There are other ways to kill yourself.

    Government always caters to idiots… it never fails.

  9. miker5 says:

    Here’s a solution that liberals should like: Stop building bridges that are high enough that people can injure themselves on, and then tear down all existing bridges that people can be injured on if they jump. Should be some stimulus money for this.

  10. nobody says:

    lol…who cares if people kill themselves…too many people in the world anyway. I wish 50% of them would kill themselves TODAY! The weak are meant to perish…..let them.

  11. glenp says:

    we need more BRIDGE CONTROL LAWS —we need to ban bridges becasue bridges kill!!! only the GOVT should have bridges. What does an ordinary citizen need with bridges anyway

  12. JoeAstroturf says:

    The way Obama is running the country I’m surprised it’s not more.

    Please Check out song called teapartiers I can’t hear you at

    Here’s a verse

    Doctors are retiring earlier but we’re getting 17000 new IRS
    This is how Obama creates health care jobs I guess
    For 234 years this country’s been God’s blessing.
    Now he’s following Cloward and Piven’s to bankrupt the country I’m guessing
    If Obamacare gives Grandma and Grandpa a scare
    Think how when their rationed and die earlier we’ll save on healthcare

    Hey guys if you fought at Iwo or the Chosen
    when they stop giving your wife her meds and her last breath comes over her face
    you’ll find comfort knowing Nancy’d gladly take her place.

    Baucus is threatening insurance companies Obama the CBO
    Medicare Advantage and free speech is about to go
    He’d rather see people in our forts , planes and La liberty building die
    then to see a muslim terrorist get water in his eye
    All the insane and pervert czars and the communist ones too
    are surprised how easily they took us without even a coup

  13. Dayna Whitmer says:

    “This is the way you are guaranteed some sort of notoriety…. people will know about it and you are making a statement,” clinical psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Gardere said. Please…how inane is that statement and he is a doctor!
    How about….jumping is a very impulsive act and bridges are easily accessible and always available. It takes time to buy a gun or gather enough drugs to work. And that time is what saves lives. Barriers on bridges saves lives too and that is why many states are putting them up on their “hot spots” – it is called means restriction and it is effective at saving lives. Doctor must have missed that class!

    1. mike 88 says:

      This is the way you are guaranteed a seat in hell.

  14. John Frost says:

    Black History month is responsible since it makes Whites look bad.

  15. gommygoomy says:

    Just one more aspect of Obana’s Amerika.

  16. Anja says:

    Must be all the hate crimes going around.

  17. james says:

    You mean those two mean dormmates didn’t kill that young man?

  18. James says:

    New York Magazine did a story on this exact thing in 2008..

  19. Suzisuz says:

    Well, I think I will just sharpen the razor blades and jump into a hot tube with some brandy. No net required!

  20. sandalwood says:

    I guess so. This administration would make anybody want to jump off a bridge.

  21. yippeya says:

    suicide is a permanent solution, to a temporary problem.

    1. drkervorkian says:

      Not if you have a dibilitating or terminal illness. Suicide is then a relief.

      1. Dayna Whitmer says:

        Dr K – that is euthanasia, not suicide. Two sides of the same coin of wanting to get relief from pain, but one is treatable and when corrected at an early age, a wonderful lifetime can be gained.

  22. Patrick Wendler says:

    There were several people who have survived jumps off the Golden Gate Bridge between 2000 and 2006. 100% of these survivors said that when they were about halfway down, they knew they were making a mistake.

  23. Survival of the fittest says:

    Mother Nature is just thinning the herd.

    1. Boondockmom says:

      Supposedly we live in a civilized society, not on the plains of Africa.
      As a society we have obligations to those who cannot help themselves at times. Being calloused about the deaths of young adults, teenagers and children (yes even a 5 year old can commit suicide) simply shows those around you that you truely don’t care about them. They will never tell you how much they are hurting. You will never get the opportunity to save a life by opening your mind and listening. So sad and pathetic.

      1. careless says:

        Jump, Jump, Jump…

  24. DR says:

    Kanye West sings about jumping in his new song. Hate to say it, but there are likely more jumps to come.

  25. MCV says:

    EDITOR: jumping off of structures is not a CAUSE of suicide, it is a FORM of suicide.

  26. objective says:

    more suicides equals less co2. it’s a progressive’s, er liberal’s, er globalist’s panacea.

  27. Harvey says:

    Jumping off buildings or bridges is not a cause of suicide. They may be methods by which someone may commit suicide, but are most likely not the cause.

  28. J says:

    “Kevin Hines jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco in 2000 and survived. There are now plans for a net that will jut out from the bridge, to hopefully help save lives.” 10 years later. Hot dam this government is slow to respond.

    1. D says:

      That would be a relevant comment if Kevin Hines was the only person that ever jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge. Hint: He is not

    2. Jared Lorz says:

      Build your net, the people who jump will just sue saying the net harmed them.

    3. scott says:

      Yeah. That will make a lot of difference. Maybe we should just put nets up around every landmark. Line the Grand Canyon with a net. Oh, and tax the employed for it all.

    4. karl anglin says:

      Looks like Obama will blame Bush
      for this as well!

    5. soma says:

      blame the pot lulz

    6. GunnyG says:

      “Hot dam this government is slow to respond”

      WHY should the government do ANYTHING about it? Not their problem.

  29. Fran says:

    As a rutgers grad.. the kid who jumped off the bridge was a selfish coward not a martyr.

    1. habsfan says:

      what does you being a rutgers grad have anything to do with tyler (he has a name) jumping to his death?

  30. Michael says:

    Why stop them ? They are losers who would become a burden on society later on and probably liberals.

    1. Kyle says:

      Most people who commit suicide haven’t thought through everything and would probably regret it afterward. I’m hoping you haven’t thought through what you just said.

      1. Nick says:

        Well, Kyle, I thought through what Michael said. It’s called Darwinism. You should try it sometime.

  31. Red Ruffansore says:

    Hmmm, animals can sense earthquakes. Liberals sensing change on Nov. 2? Nah, too stupid.

  32. juan says:

    Salaries for federal workers are extremely high. I personally know of several US Customs officers that make about $140,000/year plus health insurance, retirment matching etc. These people are paid from our taxes. When you take into account all the federal agencies: CIA, FBI, IRS, ICE, INS, US Customs, FEMA, Border Patrol etc., etc., etc., we are paying billions of dollars per year in salaries to these employees. It is not like they are doctors. I am not saying we do not need the people, I just think they should be paid less. It is things like this that start to explain the enormous national debt.

  33. Jenny says:

    It’s just amazing and wonderful. i have a question that why i went to another website when i typed newyorkcbslocal。com this morning. unbelievable .

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