Fox News contributor, civil rights attorney, and former teacher Leo Terrell broke down in tears during a segment with Martha MacCallum on “The Story” while discussing children committing suicide during the pandemic.
His heartbreaking response was to MacCallum’s Fox News segment where she spoke with the parents of three teenaged children who committed suicide during the pandemic. Terrell, at one point in his career, taught middle and high school economics. He has always loved kids. As MacCallum began speaking with him on her show, he let her know as he gripped a tissue that it was “going to be tough” for him to get through the discussion on the matter.
MacCallum had a great deal of empathy for Terrell’s sense of loss concerning the children and said that he had told her previously that teaching was “the most important work” he had ever done in his life and said his emotions were “very understandable.”
“What would you say to these kids out there who need to seek some help, Leo?” she gently asked Terrell.
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“The kids lost the ability to interact with teachers [during the pandemic],” Terrell explained. “Teachers and schools give kids — these kids lost the chance to communicate with their schoolteachers, who provide an alternative in that transitional period: [ages] 12 to 17.”
“Teachers can be a great resource,” he told MacCallum. “Teachers can provide counseling that was denied to these kids. They lost the opportunity.”
Thank you very much Fox viewers. The two things that will bring me to tears: (1) Talking about my mother and father who I missed very much; and (2) children who are harmed and denied an education!!!’
— TheLeoTerrell (@TheLeoTerrell) March 26, 2021
MacCallum commented that teachers were known to “pick up on things,” that it was important for children to have “different adults in their lives.” She added that these connections included “all these touchpoints that were denied these children over the course of this year.”
It was pointed out during the segment that COVID-19 was not the only thing that contributed to these suicides and the things that kids are currently grappling with. But it seems to definitely be a huge contributing factor. One parent MacCallum spoke to stated that it wasn’t the pandemic that killed his son, it was the depression.
“It was a factor and these kids lost that opportunity due to politics and all the games [between] the schools and the unions,” an emotional Terrell went on to declare. “Those schools should have been open… teachers provide an alternative to kids to express their concerns, their sorrows, and that was taken away. That’s what’s so painful.”
MacCallum mentioned the parents who were “so brave to speak out” concerning suicide and their children. She hoped that advice would help other parents deal with their individual situations.
Today on The Story, three brave families share their stories of loss in hopes that you will be able to look for the signs of potential suicide in your teens, during these times of school shut downs and pandemic. Listen also on #TheUntoldStory– avail. nowhttps://t.co/iL3DtzgUpR
— Martha MacCallum (@marthamaccallum) March 26, 2021
“It was hard to watch that program,” said Terrell, trying to hold back his tears.
“Leo, thank you so much,” MacCallum said. “Your tears I think speak for so many of us and the losses of this year and we need to focus on the mental health toll that has been wrought over the course of all of this. And I thank you very much for being here with us as a teacher and as a student and as a human being.”
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