It was about 12:05 P.M. in the East Village of New York City. Lunch time. Usually a welcome break for students at the local universities.
That's when an 18-year-old student enrolled at New York University took his life. He did it by jumping in front of the L Train, at the First Avenue station.
As yet, reports the New York Post, his identity has not been revealed.
Also not yet put out there are the theories and speculations why this particular young man matriculating at a top university would end it all.
What we do know is that the suicide syndrome among New York City university students has become, it might be called, "business as usual." After all, unlike less pressured generations, the current one is being forced to approach higher education as a business.
It represents a large financial investment. Given the hyper competition for those good slot on career paths, there is also the daily soul-wrenching fear that the investment won't yield the expected status-filled, lucrative professional life.
Way back in the 2003-2004 academic year, New York University had five student suicides. More recently, at the New York University School of Medicine, two women committed suicide. One was a fourth-year medical student. The other was a resident in psychiatry.
Last year at New York City's Columbia University there had been seven deaths. Some were declared suicides. Some of them could have been suicides of simply accidental overdoses.
There was a time when higher education was a lot less expensive. The competition for good jobs less intense. And expectations about "having to make it big" less grandiose. Back then suicide was rare.
Of course, there was the usual inner suffering youth endures. But, in pre-digital days there were the opportunities to form close friendships with classmates, professors, and administrators. Those got us through the supposed darkest hours such as a bad grade, a broken love affair, or the sense of lostness during senior year.
This blog extends deep sympathy to all who loved this young man. May he have peace.