Outwardly, Jack Chen was doing all right. He had a 4.3 grade-point average. He was captain of the junior varsity football team. But in late February, the 15-year-old sophomore wrote a suicide note protesting the stress in his life. Then he slipped out of his Fairfax Station home and stepped in front of a commuter train. His was the sixth apparent suicide by a W.T. Woodson High School student in the past three years. Recently, more than 1,000 Woodson parents, teachers and administrators gathered in the school’s auditorium to try to make sense of it all.
March 18, 2014 W.T. Woodson High School students pause for a moment of reflection during a Cav Strong Community Event (Woodson sports teams are called the Cavaliers) at the school stadium. The event, held to celebrate school spirit, was held in the aftermath of sophomore Jack Chen’s apparent suicide. Chad Bartlett/For The Washington Post Buy Photo