Devastated father reveals sad reason why he believes son committed suicide weeks before another Catholic schoolboy committed suicide in mysterious circumstances
- ‘Happy’ Catholic schoolboy Jonah Waterson, 14, took his own life on May 31
- His father Peter Waterson revealed that his son didn’t get along well with COVID-19
- Seven weeks after Jonah committed suicide, another schoolboy committed suicide
The father of one of the teens who committed suicide in one of Brisbane’s largest independent Catholic schools believes COVID-19 contributed to his son’s death.
Jonah Waterson, 14, and Finn Meehan, 15, both seemed “happy” and came from close-knit, loving families.
But during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, things changed for the Iona College students in Brisbane Bay.
Jonah took his own life on May 31 after telling his parents he was going for a bike ride, while Finn died seven weeks later.
Jonah’s parents, Peter and Fiona Waterson, said their son was not depressed and showed no obvious signs of poor mental health, such as emotional outbursts or withdrawing from family and friends.
Jonah’s Watson’s parents, Peter and Fiona Waterson, said their son was the ‘happiest they’d seen him’ in the days before his death
But Jonah’s parents said their son was not doing well with COVID-19 and lockdown.
‘It doesn’t make any sense to me [to blame] COVID – it didn’t impact us too much financially as my hours were only cut short temporarily, and Jonah’s sport had resumed and he had a great week at school, ‘said Mr. Waterson The courier post.
“But in the same way, it makes no sense for another reason.”
Mrs. Waterson, 53, said that even if someone had a crystal ball and told her what would happen to their son, she wouldn’t believe them.
She said Jonah was extremely happy the week of his death, as he was finally back in school since COVID-19 shut down in March.
‘He didn’t enjoy COVID. He did his job at home and went out to play basketball, and at one point he said, “Oh mom, this is awful,” but his first week back at school, he was like a different kid, “she said. .
Mrs. Waterson said her son was looking forward to basketball games and volleyball.
Waterson said his son didn’t get along well with COVID-19 and lockdown before he died
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Jonah played Xbox in his bedroom while his mother put some freshly washed clothes away.
Ms. Waterson received a text message saying that members of Jonah’s AFL team would meet at the local oval to catch up.
Jonah initially didn’t want to go, but his mom said she did, so he admitted on the condition that he could take a bike ride first.
The teenager had promised to be home by 1:00 pm, but when he was not home by 1:50 pm, the family started to worry.
They called his mobile, which initially ringed before a police officer answered him.
The police officer asked who called and what Jonah was wearing when he left the house.
The family ended up getting camera footage of Jonah’s final moments, and days later his death was billed as a suicide.
Seven weeks after the community was rocked by Jonah’s death, year 10 student Finn Meehan also ended his life in mysterious and unexpected circumstances.
Mr. and Mrs. Waterson said Jonah’s friends were very helpful and often stop by to check on them.
The couple think they will see Jonah in heaven again and want to help other children and families in the meantime.
Finn Meehan, a popular year 10 student, took his own life on July 20, just weeks after Jonah
Two mysterious teen suicides just weeks apart have turned Queensland’s largest independent Catholic school upside down. Pictured: Iona College students in Brisbane Bay
Father Michael Twigg said the deaths of two of the students were a “devil mystery.”
He said there was no apparent bullying from any of the students while they were in school and that they were both from loving families.
Father Twigg said asking for signs of what was being missed could haunt people for decades.