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People Who Knew Someone That Died At Their School Share Their Experiences

People Who Knew Someone That Died At Their School Share Their Experiences
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Content warning: suicide.

Cherish every moment.

That is a saying we just keep taking for granted.

Another second is never promised.

Sometimes we check ourselves when the death of the young happens.

The unfairness of it all is almost too much to handle.

Let's share some stories.

And maybe learn to appreciate life a little more.

Redditordeadmoby5wanted to see who would be willing to share about the not-so-great days in school. They asked:

"Has anyone ever died at your school/college/university? What happened to them?"

Death is inevitable, but it's intended to be much later in life.These stories are so sad.


"Yes, in front of the whole school. I was maybe 10 yo or younger. The girl was 6 or 7. Everybody was gathering for the national anthem. She just fell on the floor dead. I think it was something on her brain, I'm not sure."


"Probably a brain aneurysm."


Very messed up...

"Someone jumped in front of a train. He had a horrible home situation where his dad died and the mom was on the verge of dying. He was really close with the teachers so they were crying all the time. Very messed up. My mom had a friend that got driven over by a truck. They were waiting for the light and this truck backed up with them in the blindspot. My mom doesn't like trucks anymore."


broken cable...

"A guy I know was working on a dredge when a cable broke, cut the top of his head off and his brain popped in the water just before him. It took 4 days to find his body."

"P.S. always wear a hard hat when in a construction site."


"Hard hat might not have saved him. I have seen countless pics of fatalities from motorcycle accidents where the helmet just prevented brain spillage. The brain still came out of the skull."



"When I was a sophomore in high school a girl who I only slightly knew dropped dead during a soccer game. While I wasn’t in attendance I knew a few who were. She was on the team and running when she 'tripped' with a hard fall. She didn’t move at all or try to pick herself up so the ref, coach and medics came to her aid."

"She was stone cold dead, her parents weren’t at the game as she was a junior and had her own car. I can only imagine that phone call. We learned later that she had a brain aneurysm and was likely dead before she hit the ground. She was a very promising student, in a lot of clubs and very friendly. It’s crazy to think at any point that can happen to anyone."


Behind the Wheel

"A senior girl died in a car accident my freshman year, fell asleep behind the wheel. The school made it a whole thing. A friend of mine died in car accident (he had a heart attack while driving) our junior year and he got ignored."


Well this is a lot to take in. So young. So much sadness.

Oh Lord

"My class administrator of my electrician course. It was a TIFU because when I entered class, everyone looked very sad."

"I asked 'Gee, who died?'"

"The answer was 'Mr. CA.'"

"My answer was 'F***, I was only kidding.'"



"A set of twin boys died from leukemia. I was probably about 8 when the first one passed and then 10. Idk what specific one it was because I was young myself."


"I remember we had a set of identical twins at my school they were teenagers girls and both had leukaemia as well, both died in the same year. It was really really sad for our community."


Not Sure

"In my elementary school this girl died in first grade and I don’t actually know what happened but there are two memorials for her: one is three trees, two benches, and two places to play chess that no one uses to play chess, and a statue of her old dog. Yeah, idk either."

"There was another girl who was my best friend at the time who died when she was in first grade and she died by falling off a tree and cracking her head open. She was put under a medically induced coma and never woke up. She didn’t get a memorial."



"Our teacher always told us that a girl fell and got run over by other students while a fire drill happened. We never figured out if she was lying or not but she looked a little bit too serious for my taste."


Wild Days

"My school was wild. None legit in school but in general. Someone my age died in... kindergarten? Idk who they were but a seat was left open at graduation for her. In high school someone a year younger had cancer. Someone in my grade committed suicide over the summer. Some guy was chopped up by a boat (idk boat parts but it was the back thing). A dad went crazy with his wife and middle school daughter."

"Then every year in high school we had a safety week for the last week of school and one major part was a girl who was killed by a drunk driver in 2012 when I was 12. Since I graduated in 2018 I think there's been 3 or 4 deaths of people I knew and 1 or 2 current students."


This was back in 1998...

"This girl who was my friend in my primary school (In UK ages 5 - 11) class died one weekend when she went to the local fairground. The roller-coaster she went on had a faulty safety bar. Going round the track it came loose and she fell out. This was back in 1998. She was only 8 years old."

"I actually happened to accidentally visit her grave in my home village where the school is located just the other week. (we were taking a walk as it was a lovely day and came upon the graveyard) so I went and said hello. Was quite emotional as I had my 2 year old daughter with me."


One Weekend

"A PhD student in our department went water skiing one weekend. The tether he was on became tangled, and he was pulled under the boat, where he drowned. I'll admit, I didn't know this guy particularly well, so I didn't feel overly sad from this, but it was still a shocker."

"It was also strange seeing everyone with whom you work, including professors, suddenly switch from being professional to being upset. I honestly didn't know how to respond to it."



"A girl in my high school committed accidental suicide. Sort of. Every time her bf broke up with her she overdosed and told him she was trying to kill herself, and every time he called an ambulance and got back with her. But the last time they broke up he told her he was actually done and not to do anything stupid because he wasn't going to answer his phone."

"And he shut his phone off, and the next day he found out she overdosed. She had texted him after she took the pills like she always did but his phone had been off and he didn't get the text. Her family blamed him and put him through hell."


first year of university...

"When I was in my first year of university, a kid committed suicide in his room in the student dorms. He was at a party with his friend and left saying 'I'm away guys, I'll see you all later' (or something to that effect) and no one knew what he meant. In the same year, a kid I went to school with when I was a bit younger died after some internal bleeding in his head."

"He had walked into a shop when there was an armed robbery happening, got his nose broke when the guy hit his face with the handle of the gun. He avoided going to hospital because he didn't want to be put on painkillers since he was preparing to go to the navy. The nose break caused bleeding from the brain and he died alone in his flat a few days later."


"going places"

"There was a guy I went to school with who was very bright, funny, and was one of the ones you could tell was really 'going places.' We spent an afternoon chatting in an abandoned auditorium once and he was just a nice guy. Had an aneurism and now needs constant care and is severely mentally disabled. Just out of nowhere. He was healthy. Terrifying."



"I'm a senior in HS right now, and every school year (without fail) at least one of the our teachers will commit suicide. Every year. None of us know the reasoning behind any of their passings, for the most part. One of the teachers that committed suicide was an AP World History/European history teacher who was exposed (for lack of a better word) as being a pedophile."

"And having inappropriate relationships with students. The same day everyone found out about the investigation is the same day it’s reported that he committed suicide. But, other than that, we don’t know why our teachers keep killing themselves. It is very tragic."


Falling Back

"A girl at my high school. She was ripped apart and eaten by dogs. She went round to a friends house, which was a proper council estate death trap. Her friend wasn’t in so she decided to let herself in and go sit in the garden. She was eating a pie at the time and her friends 5 dangerous dogs were in the garden."

"One of them jumped to get the pie out of her hand, knocking her over in the process. Once she fell on the ground pack instinct kicked in and they all dived on her and ripped her throat out. The neighbors were the first to see the remains and call the police. The dogs were all shot on sight."


In the Trunk

"This kid I knew in high school was murdered by his girlfriend's ex boyfriend. He beat him, put him in a trunk and drove him to a cave, he then pointed a gun at him and told him he would kill him unless he swore to never see her again. This guy, was much older maybe 21 and the kid was only 15, the girl, 14."

"He ended up killing him and then killing himself. The 15 year old boy lived just long enough to say what happened. So, he didn’t die AT the school, but he was beat up and put in the trunk at the school."


Head first...

"Yeah. Um- This kid- middle school- we had a two story middle school which the second story was a inside balcony if you could call it… Group of boys went Up to him and cornered him and told him to jump. They even went as far as giving him a lift. I guess the poor boys hand slipped and he fell over. Head first. At least 40 feet. There was a crack in the tile downstairs where he landed. May him and his beautiful soul rest. God bless that boy and his family."



"Girl living in a house off-campus was shot by police, who were responding to an armed break in at that same house. I almost lived in that house, but chose a different one up the street. My house too was robbed at gun point, though the perps got away before police arrived."


That is a lot of tragedy. I'm sorry for everyone's loss.

If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at

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People Reveal The Weirdest Thing About Themselves

Reddit user Isitjustmedownhere asked: 'Give an example; how weird are you really?'

Let's get one thing straight: no one is normal. We're all weird in our own ways, and that is actually normal.

Of course, that doesn't mean we don't all have that one strange trait or quirk that outweighs all the other weirdness we possess.

For me, it's the fact that I'm almost 30 years old, and I still have an imaginary friend. Her name is Sarah, she has red hair and green eyes, and I strongly believe that, since I lived in India when I created her and there were no actual people with red hair around, she was based on Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo.

I also didn't know the name Sarah when I created her, so that came later. I know she's not really there, hence the term 'imaginary friend,' but she's kind of always been around. We all have conversations in our heads; mine are with Sarah. She keeps me on task and efficient.

My mom thinks I'm crazy that I still have an imaginary friend, and writing about her like this makes me think I may actually be crazy, but I don't mind. As I said, we're all weird, and we all have that one trait that outweighs all the other weirdness.

Redditors know this all too well and are eager to share their weird traits.

It all started when Redditor Isitjustmedownhere asked:

"Give an example; how weird are you really?"

Monsters Under My Bed

"My bed doesn't touch any wall."

"Edit: I guess i should clarify im not rich."

– Practical_Eye_3600

"Gosh the monsters can get you from any angle then."

– bikergirlr7

"At first I thought this was a flex on how big your bedroom is, but then I realized you're just a psycho 😁"

– zenOFiniquity8

Can You See Why?

"I bought one of those super-powerful fans to dry a basement carpet. Afterwards, I realized that it can point straight up and that it would be amazing to use on myself post-shower. Now I squeegee my body with my hands, step out of the shower and get blasted by a wide jet of room-temp air. I barely use my towel at all. Wife thinks I'm weird."

– KingBooRadley


"In 1990 when I was 8 years old and bored on a field trip, I saw a black Oldsmobile Cutlass driving down the street on a hot day to where you could see that mirage like distortion from the heat on the road. I took a “snapshot” by blinking my eyes and told myself “I wonder how long I can remember this image” ….well."

– AquamarineCheetah

"Even before smartphones, I always take "snapshots" by blinking my eyes hoping I'll remember every detail so I can draw it when I get home. Unfortunately, I may have taken so much snapshots that I can no longer remember every detail I want to draw."

"Makes me think my "memory is full.""

– Reasonable-Pirate902

Same, Same

"I have eaten the same lunch every day for the past 4 years and I'm not bored yet."

– OhhGoood

"How f**king big was this lunch when you started?"

– notmyrealnam3

Not Sure Who Was Weirder

"Had a line cook that worked for us for 6 months never said much. My sous chef once told him with no context, "Baw wit da baw daw bang daw bang diggy diggy." The guy smiled, left, and never came back."

– Frostygrunt


"I pace around my house for hours listening to music imagining that I have done all the things I simply lack the brain capacity to do, or in some really bizarre scenarios, I can really get immersed in these imaginations sometimes I don't know if this is some form of schizophrenia or what."

– RandomSharinganUser

"I do the same exact thing, sometimes for hours. When I was young it would be a ridiculous amount of time and many years later it’s sort of trickled off into almost nothing (almost). It’s weird but I just thought it’s how my brain processes sh*t."

– Kolkeia

If Only

"Even as an adult I still think that if you are in a car that goes over a cliff; and right as you are about to hit the ground if you jump up you can avoid the damage and will land safely. I know I'm wrong. You shut up. I'm not crying."

– ShotCompetition2593

Pet Food

"As a kid I would snack on my dog's Milkbones."

– drummerskillit

"Haha, I have a clear memory of myself doing this as well. I was around 3 y/o. Needless to say no one was supervising me."

– Isitjustmedownhere

"When I was younger, one of my responsibilities was to feed the pet fish every day. Instead, I would hide under the futon in the spare bedroom and eat the fish food."

– -GateKeep-

My Favorite Subject

"I'm autistic and have always had a thing for insects. My neurotypical best friend and I used to hang out at this local bar to talk to girls, back in the late 90s. One time he claimed that my tendency to circle conversations back to insects was hurting my game. The next time we went to that bar (with a few other friends), he turned and said sternly "No talking about bugs. Or space, or statistics or other bullsh*t but mainly no bugs." I felt like he was losing his mind over nothing."

"It was summer, the bar had its windows open. Our group hit it off with a group of young ladies, We were all chatting and having a good time. I was talking to one of these girls, my buddy was behind her facing away from me talking to a few other people."

"A cloudless sulphur flies in and lands on little thing that holds coasters."

"Cue Jordan Peele sweating gif."

"The girl notices my tension, and asks if I am looking at the leaf. "Actually, that's a lepidoptera called..." I looked at the back of my friend's head, he wasn't looking, "I mean a butterfly..." I poked it and it spread its wings the girl says "oh that's a BUG?!" and I still remember my friend turning around slowly to look at me with chastisement. The ONE thing he told me not to do."

"I was 21, and was completely not aware that I already had a rep for being an oddball. It got worse from there."

– Phormicidae

*Teeth Chatter*

"I bite ice cream sometimes."


"That's how I am with popsicles. My wife shudders every single time."


Never Speak Of This

"I put ice in my milk."


"You should keep that kind of thing to yourself. Even when asked."

– We-R-Doomed

"There's some disturbing sh*t in this thread, but this one takes the cake."

– RatonaMuffin

More Than Super Hearing

"I can hear the television while it's on mute."

– Tira13e

"What does it say to you, child?"

– Mama_Skip


"I put mustard on my omelettes."

– Deleted User


– NotCrustOr-filling

Evened Up

"Whenever I say a word and feel like I used a half of my mouth more than the other half, I have to even it out by saying the word again using the other half of my mouth more. If I don't do it correctly, that can go on forever until I feel it's ok."

"I do it silently so I don't creep people out."

– LesPaltaX

"That sounds like a symptom of OCD (I have it myself). Some people with OCD feel like certain actions have to be balanced (like counting or making sure physical movements are even). You should find a therapist who specializes in OCD, because they can help you."

– MoonlightKayla

I totally have the same need for things to be balanced! Guess I'm weird and a little OCD!

Close up face of a woman in bed, staring into the camera
Photo by Jen Theodore

Experiencing death is a fascinating and frightening idea.

Who doesn't want to know what is waiting for us on the other side?

But so many of us want to know and then come back and live a little longer.

It would be so great to be sure there is something else.

But the whole dying part is not that great, so we'll have to rely on other people's accounts.

Redditor AlaskaStiletto wanted to hear from everyone who has returned to life, so they asked:

"Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?"


Happy Good Vibes GIF by Major League SoccerGiphy

"My dad's heart stopped when he had a heart attack and he had to be brought back to life. He kept the paper copy of the heart monitor which shows he flatlined. He said he felt an overwhelming sensation of peace, like nothing he had felt before."



"I had surgical complications in 2010 that caused a great deal of blood loss. As a result, I had extremely low blood pressure and could barely stay awake. I remember feeling like I was surrounded by loved ones who had passed. They were in a circle around me and I knew they were there to guide me onwards. I told them I was not ready to go because my kids needed me and I came back."

"My nurse later said she was afraid she’d find me dead every time she came into the room."

"It took months, and blood transfusions, but I recovered."


Take Me Back

"Overwhelming peace and happiness. A bright airy and floating feeling. I live a very stressful life. Imagine finding out the person you have had a crush on reveals they have the same feelings for you and then you win the lotto later that day - that was the feeling I had."

"I never feared death afterward and am relieved when I hear of people dying after suffering from an illness."



The Light Minnie GIF by (G)I-DLEGiphy

"I had a heart surgery with near-death experience, for me at least (well the possibility that those effects are caused by morphine is also there) I just saw black and nothing else but it was warm and I had such inner peace, its weird as I sometimes still think about it and wish this feeling of being so light and free again."


This is why I hate surgery.

You just never know.



"More of a near-death experience. I was electrocuted. I felt like I was in a deep hole looking straight up in the sky. My life flashed before me. Felt sad for my family, but I had a deep sense of peace."



"Nursing in the ICU, we’ve had people try to die on us many times during the years, some successfully. One guy stood out to me. His heart stopped. We called a code, are working on him, and suddenly he comes to. We hadn’t vented him yet, so he was able to talk, and he started screaming, 'Don’t let them take me, don’t let them take me, they are coming,' he was scared and yelling."

"Then he yelled a little more, as we tried to calm him down, he screamed, 'No, No,' and gestured towards the end of the bed, and died again. We didn’t get him back. It was seriously creepy. We called his son to tell him the news, and the son said basically, 'Good, he was an SOB.'”



"My sister died and said it was extremely peaceful. She said it was very loud like a train station and lots of talking and she was stuck in this area that was like a curtain with lots of beautiful colors (colors that you don’t see in real life according to her) a man told her 'He was sorry, but she had to go back as it wasn’t her time.'"


"I had a really similar experience except I was in an endless garden with flowers that were colors I had never seen before. It was quiet and peaceful and a woman in a dress looked at me, shook her head, and just said 'Not yet.' As I was coming back, it was extremely loud, like everyone in the world was trying to talk all at once. It was all very disorienting but it changed my perspective on life!"


The Fog

"I was in a gray fog with a girl who looked a lot like a young version of my grandmother (who was still alive) but dressed like a pioneer in the 1800s she didn't say anything but kept pulling me towards an opening in the wall. I kept refusing to go because I was so tired."

"I finally got tired of her nagging and went and that's when I came to. I had bled out during a c-section and my heart could not beat without blood. They had to deliver the baby and sew up the bleeders. refill me with blood before they could restart my heart so, like, at least 12 minutes gone."


Through the Walls

"My spouse was dead for a couple of minutes one miserable night. She maintains that she saw nothing, but only heard people talking about her like through a wall. The only thing she remembers for absolute certain was begging an ER nurse that she didn't want to die."

"She's quite alive and well today."


Well let's all be happy to be alive.

It seems to be all we have.

Man's waist line
Santhosh Vaithiyanathan/Unsplash

Trying to lose weight is a struggle understood by many people regardless of size.

The goal of reaching a healthy weight may seem unattainable, but with diet and exercise, it can pay off through persistence and discipline.

Seeing the pounds gradually drop off can also be a great motivator and incentivize people to stay the course.

Those who've achieved their respective weight goals shared their experiences when Redditor apprenti8455 asked:

"People who lost a lot of weight, what surprises you the most now?"

Redditors didn't see these coming.

Shiver Me Timbers

"I’m always cold now!"

– Telrom_1

"I had a coworker lose over 130 pounds five or six years ago. I’ve never seen him without a jacket on since."

– r7ndom

"140 lbs lost here starting just before COVID, I feel like that little old lady that's always cold, damn this top comment was on point lmao."

– mr_remy

Drawing Concern

"I lost 100 pounds over a year and a half but since I’m old(70’s) it seems few people comment on it because (I think) they think I’m wasting away from some terminal illness."

– dee-fondy

"Congrats on the weight loss! It’s honestly a real accomplishment 🙂"

"Working in oncology, I can never comment on someone’s weight loss unless I specifically know it was on purpose, regardless of their age. I think it kind of ruffles feathers at times, but like I don’t want to congratulate someone for having cancer or something. It’s a weird place to be in."

– LizardofDeath

Unleashing Insults

"I remember when I lost the first big chunk of weight (around 50 lbs) it was like it gave some people license to talk sh*t about the 'old' me. Old coworkers, friends, made a lot of not just negative, but harsh comments about what I used to look like. One person I met after the big loss saw a picture of me prior and said, 'Wow, we wouldn’t even be friends!'”

"It wasn’t extremely common, but I was a little alarmed by some of the attention. My weight has been up and down since then, but every time I gain a little it gets me a little down thinking about those things people said."

– alanamablamaspama

Not Everything Goes After Losing Weight

"The loose skin is a bit unexpected."

– KeltarCentauri

"I haven’t experienced it myself, but surgery to remove skin takes a long time to recover. Longer than bariatric surgery and usually isn’t covered by insurance unless you have both."

– KatMagic1977

"It definitely does take a long time to recover. My Dad dropped a little over 200 pounds a few years back and decided to go through with skin removal surgery to deal with the excess. His procedure was extensive, as in he had skin taken from just about every part of his body excluding his head, and he went through hell for weeks in recovery, and he was bedridden for a lot of it."

– Jaew96

These Redditors shared their pleasantly surprising experiences.


"I can buy clothes in any store I want."

– WaySavvyD

"When I lost weight I was dying to go find cute, smaller clothes and I really struggled. As someone who had always been restricted to one or two stores that catered to plus-sized clothing, a full mall of shops with items in my size was daunting. Too many options and not enough knowledge of brands that were good vs cheap. I usually went home pretty frustrated."

– ganache98012

No More Symptoms

"Lost about 80 pounds in the past year and a half, biggest thing that I’ve noticed that I haven’t seen mentioned on here yet is my acid reflux and heartburn are basically gone. I used to be popping tums every couple hours and now they just sit in the medicine cabinet collecting dust."

– colleennicole93

Expanding Capabilities

"I'm all for not judging people by their appearance and I recognise that there are unhealthy, unachievable beauty standards, but one thing that is undeniable is that I can just do stuff now. Just stamina and flexibility alone are worth it, appearance is tertiary at best."

– Ramblonius

People Change Their Tune

"How much nicer people are to you."

"My feet weren't 'wide' they were 'fat.'"

– LiZZygsu

"Have to agree. Lost 220 lbs, people make eye contact and hold open doors and stuff"

"And on the foot thing, I also lost a full shoe size numerically and also wear regular width now 😅"

– awholedamngarden

It's gonna take some getting used to.

Bones Everywhere

"Having bones. Collarbones, wrist bones, knee bones, hip bones, ribs. I have so many bones sticking out everywhere and it’s weird as hell."

– Princess-Pancake-97

"I noticed the shadow of my ribs the other day and it threw me, there’s a whole skeleton in here."

– bekastrange

Knee Pillow

"Right?! And they’re so … pointy! Now I get why people sleep with pillows between their legs - the knee bones laying on top of each other (side sleeper here) is weird and jarring."

– snic2030

"I lost only 40 pounds within the last year or so. I’m struggling to relate to most of these comments as I feel like I just 'slimmed down' rather than dropped a ton. But wow, the pillow between the knees at night. YES! I can relate to this. I think a lot of my weight was in my thighs. I never needed to do this up until recently."

– Strongbad23

More Mobility

"I’ve lost 100 lbs since 2020. It’s a collection of little things that surprise me. For at least 10 years I couldn’t put on socks, or tie my shoes. I couldn’t bend over and pick something up. I couldn’t climb a ladder to fix something. Simple things like that I can do now that fascinate me."

"Edit: Some additional little things are sitting in a chair with arms, sitting in a booth in a restaurant, being able to shop in a normal store AND not needing to buy the biggest size there, being able to easily wipe my butt, and looking down and being able to see my penis."

– dma1965

People making significant changes, whether for mental or physical health, can surely find a newfound perspective on life.

But they can also discover different issues they never saw coming.

That being said, overcoming any challenge in life is laudable, especially if it leads to gaining confidence and ditching insecurities.