Three 12-year-old girls die after dozens of children make ‘mass suicide pact’ in tiny town

Jolynn Winter committed suicide in January

An isolated community has declared a state of emergency after its third child suicide this year.

Jolynn Winter, Chantel Fox and Jenera Roundsky, all 12, have taken their own lives since January.

They are believed to be part of a suicide pact that began last summer.

Jenera died last week after being discovered at a hockey rink in the impoverished rural community of Wapekeka in Canada.

The reserve, populated by members of Canada’s aboriginal community, is home to just 2,000 people – and 40 of its youngsters are believed to be at risk of suicide.

Chantel Fox died two days after Jolynn

Jolynn and Chantel both committed suicide within two days of each other in January.

Chief Brennan Sainnawap declared a state of emergency to combat the suicide crisis.

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Wapekeka band manager Joshua Frogg told CBC after Jenera’s suicide last week: “There was no plan of care, there was no safety plan for her.

“We’ve been in crisis since January. Today we’re in shock, in mourning. It’s just very, very sad.

“We don’t have enough personnel to keep watching people on a 24/7 basis that are at high risk. We try, but we just don’t have the resources.”

Health Canada pledged has pledged $380,000 for a local suicide prevention initiative in the wake of the tragedies.

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