The tabloids and major news outlets are having a field day with Paris Jackson‘s suicide attempt. According to reports, the 15 year-old was rushed to the hospital at 1:27am Wednesday after overdosing on pills. Other reports say Jackson had slit her wrists.
Paris’s uncles Tito, Marlon and Jackie said in a statement, “Thank you for the outpouring of concern and support for Paris – she is safe and doing fine. We truly appreciate you respecting our family’s privacy at this time.” A statement from Paris’ grandmother Katherine Jackson’s lawyer Perry Sandler says she is getting the “appropriate medical attention.”
Since her father’s death in 2009, Paris and her siblings took on a more public life in the spotlight. While the media is making a big deal out of her suicide attempt, at the end of the day Paris is a teenage girl. According to a 2012 survey published by the CDCP, nearly 1 in 6 high school students have seriously considered suicide, and 1 in 12 have attempted it. More female teens than males have attempted or considered suicide.