A recent group of suicides in young people has caused grief in a number of specific schools, a fear of further suicides in the local school community in general, concern in the community as a whole, and questions and some soul searching in the media.
There is some evidence that all of the students identified themselves as being ‘Emo’. Some in the community and in the media, on the basis of these connections and similarities, have raised the possibility of an agreement or a pact to die. There have also been suggestions that influences may not have been just personal, but rather that identifying with Emo culture may in itself influence toward suicidal behaviours.
We should really begin by examining whether any subculture increases the risk for suicide.