Coroner: La Cañada Teen's Death Ruled a Suicide

Campbell Forrest Taylor died Friday, after he jumped to his death from the third-story walkway of a building at La Cañada High School.

Los Angeles Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said Tuesday that the 17-year-old La Cañada High School boy who died on campus Friday had committed suicide.

Winter named the boy, Campbell Forrest Taylor of La Cañada, and said that the case is closed.

Taylor lept from an open-air walkway on the third story of the campus' 700 building, which houses the middle school students. The fatal jump occurred just before 4 p.m., as other students were still on campus.

Los Angeles County coroner’s Lt. Fred Corral told the La Cañada Valley Sun that Taylor was on a cell phone before he jumped. The person he was talking to, the newspaper reported, called 911. Sheriff's deputies then responded to the scene.


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ROBERT E. FISHBACK March 07, 2013 at 10:59 PM
It will not get better. Having grown up in the 1940's and 50's, I am prepared to say that kids today have been robbed of their childhoods. Parents no longer eath toghether around the table. There is a constant blitz of un-related noise from every quarter. Teacher scramble to cram even more facts down kid's throats when they have no reason to assimilate just what these facts are for or how they help when their world isw filled with people rushing in every direction in order to obtain when that cannot retain that which they already have. Free sex, ok, electronic gadgets take the place of family conversation. No church nor sunday school. They are given a pot full of pieces from many puzzles and told....go to it, Kid.
Leigh Justice March 08, 2013 at 02:56 AM
You are an extremely negative (as well as rambling & condescending) person, Mr. Fishback. While you have a valid point, it does not belong in this forum where a mourning community & grieving loved ones may see it. Not all parents of today are of the iGeneration, and to allude that Campbell's tragic death is the product of bad parenting is mean-spirited at best. Do you know the family personally? I doubt it. Did that great childhood of yours include proper grammar & spelling lessons? Definitely not.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK March 08, 2013 at 03:44 AM
Leigh....I have to take your points into serious consideration. I have poor vision and clumsy fingers and hit wrong keys I am not good at computer tricks of the trade and have not found a way for spell check on this forum. My comments were not directed specifically at this young man's family, but at the generalization of hoping things (every where ?) will get better. I do appreciate your admitting that I had a valid point, and that valid point covers allot of kids and the homes they grow up in. Suicides were paractically unknown in the 40's and 50,s and I just saw an item in today's paper which said that suicide is the third greatest cause of teen age deaths. Not sure if this was a local or national data. Whatever it covered, it lends credence to my valid point...and the seriousness of the matter does bring negitive thoughts. In light of the recent gun caused tragedies, Hollywood just released a movie "Shot through the Head" It is very violent. Yes, I do get negitive sometimes. Good post on your part. b
Aaron Miller March 19, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Robert, Anecdotal evidence is no evidence at all. In a quick google search I found that the age-adjusted suicide rate has fallen since 1950. http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0779940.html In another search it said suicide rate fluctuates with the economy so I guess you could blame Regan or GW Bush for their terrible economic policies that blew up in 2008. See how ridiculous that sounds? Well that's what it sounds like when I hear "hollywood." Yes, today's families have their issues including both parents working and less qt at home (wait, there's that dang economy again working against us. It's always GW's fault--btw, GW did get us into war and the suicide rate among veterans has skyrocketed) but it takes a village. So, Robert, instead of just being negative what are you going to do to change the problems of today? Instead of just saying it's gonna get worse and throwing up your hands, what are you going to do? Blame Hollywood? That's your answer. Blame families? Why are you not pro-active? Every party has a pooper and, like Leigh said, you're pooper comments aren't appropriate here. Either your helping are your a hinderance. It's your choice. For my part? I'm going to spend as much qt with my kids and make sure they are a little less "plugged-in." I'm going to be active in their day to day and keep constant communication with their teachers, coaches, etc. Sadly, these tragedies do wake us up to negative issues. It's how we deal with them that counts.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK March 20, 2013 at 12:40 AM
Aaron: Great post. All of us can only do that within our physical abilites and drive. What you are doing needs to be emulated by the millions. We can only do the work of one. At my age, I hang on the "pen is mightier than the sword" You mentioned a few entities that I blame....families, Hollywood, etc. Yes, they figure in, and they are but a part of a mighty swell...a Tsunami. that no person can stop. But, as an individual, you are bearing witness to right. What more can we do. Your post is a stand alone amongst so much drivel...Keep doing what you are doing. Remember, One match started the Station Fire. Bob


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