Rockwall High student committed suicide last night


ROCKWALL – A prayer meeting was held at 8:15 this morning at Rockwall High School for volleyball team member Hanna Clark, who committed suicide last night.

Her death has now been confirmed by a school coach and numerous messages which are being posted to her Facebook page by her family and friends.

Above photos are taken from her Facebook page.

More details to come.

By J.J. Smith




38 Responses to Rockwall High student committed suicide last night

  1. Yes, we have the info, thanks. Story coming out soon. Have any idea why? Bullying has been mentioned.

    The Rockwall News May 23, 2013 at 7:15 am
  2. A middle school student from Utley took her life yesterday.

    Anonymous May 23, 2013 at 7:07 am
  3. We haven’t heard about one. What have you heard?

    The Rockwall News May 22, 2013 at 8:26 pm
  4. Has another teen committed suicide today?

    Anonymous May 22, 2013 at 7:03 pm
  5. I have two lovely daughters the same age. It makes my heart sink into the bottom of my stomach to think that one can get to the point that this would be answer for them. I have held on to them even more after watching my girls cry night after night over this matter. It should not be taken lightly! My love and support goes out to her family as a friend and a community member.

    Rockwall dad April 30, 2013 at 9:24 am
  6. This breaks my heart. I didn’t know the Rockwall family but I am praying for her family and friends and that community, may God wrap you in his arms through this tragic time, in His name.

    PlanoMom April 28, 2013 at 9:27 am
  7. Agreed.

    Millard April 27, 2013 at 10:05 pm
  8. I appreciate these articles; I know family members of hers, but do not want to cause them more pain by asking questions–I know the feeling of answering the same tough questions over and over again on repeat. Would rather not be an annoyance to them.

    Appreciative April 27, 2013 at 1:05 pm
  9. A young girl killed herself, took her life. And you guys want to argue about a post being made about her?!

    Get over yourselves. CLEARLY there are more important things in life than a post about this….perhaps, maybe the family suffering right now?!

    Instead of pouring your energy into this comment thread, pour it into the family who is dealing woth the loss of their 14 yr old daughter right now.

    Rockwall High Alumni April 27, 2013 at 9:15 am
  10. As a grandparent I believe the information is of interest to the community in that it provides information which allows the public to understand that many teenagers from Rockwall High will be grieving and allows sympathy to be expressed.
    There will be some who disagree with me but that is their right.

    A Grandparent April 27, 2013 at 8:03 am
  11. I searched for this information so I could talk with my own teenagers about it. I was thankful to have found the picture, as well, to discuss how someone can look just fine but be suffering private pain.

    Concerned mom April 27, 2013 at 8:01 am
  12. Are y’all seriously getting pissed off? How about you go stfu? Yeah that sounds better. The point is they got the news out there so we are aware of what’s happening. Who gives a crap about the rest! OBVIOUSLY the parents don’t care about it, they have something else in focus. So unless you’re the parent of Hanna,
    Shut the crap up and pray for the family.

    Jay April 26, 2013 at 9:55 pm
  13. Our prayers go out to the family in this time of loss. May God wrap His loving arms around them and give them strength and courage for the days ahead. I’m sure her class mates will miss her but her family will miss her more. My mother said after my youngest sister passed away from cancer that it wasn’t fair….children are supposed to out live the parents. I would agree but sometimes God has other ideas.

    Millard April 26, 2013 at 9:48 pm
  14. Such a sad day. We are new the area and my daughter is only a casual acquaintance of Hanna’s but was shocked by the news this morning. She said, “Hanna was on the volleyball team and really pretty, I just can’t believe this happened.” We will be attending a service at Harry Meyers Park at 7pm this evening in her honor.

    Michelle April 26, 2013 at 6:00 pm
  15. Very bad taste on publisher’s part it has been less than 24 hours … You could have reported about the prayer for a student you did not have to publish pictures or her name especially due to it being a minor and you should have personally spoken to family first.. This is a small community and empathy and sympathy and sensitivity should come above and before trying to be first to report a tragedy… And i dont give a —- that is was posted on FB…Praying for strength for family and friends that they forgive you for imposing on their privacy and they are able to find peace within..

    Deanna Rodriguez April 26, 2013 at 5:48 pm
  16. Amazing, non stop bickering back and forth! I have no idea about the legal issue with all the Facebook photos and all the other, but I would like to add a a personal thought…. I’m not if this was a suicide or or maybe a simple cry for help on her part or maybe was even a simple lack of judgement on her part for the quantity of medication she consumed…… I don’t know really but I know that the bickering back and forth serves no purpose how about prays or sympathy for the family who may it be lost a child due to what a very untimely death! Either by accidental over dose or by intent either way the outcome was and would have been the same! So instead of fighting on who is right or wrong why not discuss a something a little more productively like outreach programs ahd or the dangers over Rx drugs ect…… seems to me that while as tragic as it it maybe her death could be the open window to speak with your own children about both topics……. in the mean time I will be praying for her, her family and close friends and by speaking to my own children about both of the topics mentioned above I hope to bring a purpose to her death although to her family and to the ones who loved her most nothing could possibly make sense of why they have to say good bye to such a promising young person, daughter, sister, granddaughter, neice, cousin, and friend. Bye the way the photos of her makes her more feel a little more real than just a name, so she was a beautiful young lady with an adorable smile! Lots of prays to her family, my deepest sympathy

    mel April 26, 2013 at 5:01 pm
  17. The fact that you can report something, does not necessarily mean that you should. Reporting a teen’s suicide without parental consent is insensitive, and in poor taste. Furthermore, both your reports, and your responses to previous comments are far from professional.

    Diana April 26, 2013 at 4:27 pm
  18. Shame on you readers who clicked to read the news. Don’t blame the reporter/editor for reporting it.

    Shame on you April 26, 2013 at 4:18 pm
  19. Oh my goodness! Calm down and stop arguing! Ridiculous!

    Me12345 April 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm
  20. I appreciate these posts because I, having gone to school with Hanna, am trying to find out as much information about this tragedy as possible. It is a horrible thing that has happened, and I appreciate anyone who is trying to keep the ones that care updated.
    Lets focus on what matters and try to keep our young ones safe!!

    A friend April 26, 2013 at 3:42 pm
  21. How is it insensitive to post this tragedy? Maybe it could help other teens? Just because it was so soon after her untimely passing?

    Mother of a teen girl April 26, 2013 at 3:39 pm
  22. I disagree with the comments that this story should not be published because it is insensitive or in bad taste. WRONG! Parents in our community need to be aware of this – they also need to discuss this with their children. Suicide should not be pushed under the rug. Thank you for keeping up with the news in our community – good, bad or ugly.

    Rockwall County Resident April 26, 2013 at 3:15 pm
  23. Lets focus on the tragedy this family is dealing with. Not the rights of pictures. This is so sad and my prayers are with all of Hanna Clark’s family friends and anyone who was blessed to know this beautiful young lady. This is a time for prayer and to be there for there family and friends in anyway possible. Bickering is not something they need. Happy thoughts of the beautiful baby girl. They are grieving and I’m sure are not thinking twice about a picture posted. God bless there family and I will personally say a prayer for you all. RIP Hanna.

    Caring thoughts April 26, 2013 at 2:58 pm
  24. Why are you people arguing over a photo? A babies life has ended! Show some respect to her family and her friends in case they see these comments!!
    I pray for her and her family. In CHRIST love…

    Cass April 26, 2013 at 2:55 pm
  25. Regardless, in my opinion your decision to post these two articles about this local young lady and her tragic death are insensitive and in extremely bad taste. Yes it is local, however it is not necessary to publish these articles, her name or photos on your “News” website. Shame on you JJ Smith, Publisher.

    Mom from RW April 26, 2013 at 1:41 pm
  26. Praying that God comfort the family & friends of this young lady,This is such a tragic uncalled for death of yet another child taking their own life …This breaks my heart that she felt as if this was the only way out ,of whatever broke her heart ,her spirit….The fact that she felt as if this would be the only way to stop her pain …That is heartbreaking !!!!!!
    I pray that the peace of God to cover all that love this young girl.
    R.I.P . Hanna Clark..
    If anyone needs prayer or to talk.. Pls e mail me
    traceyherzog777@ gmail.com
    God bless this family

    Tracey Herzog April 26, 2013 at 1:37 pm
  27. Wrong again. You are not assigning copyright to facebook… you are giving facebook usage rights to distribute, license, and sub-license images… I’m sure they didn’t sign anything over to you. Beyond that you may be able to appreciate this website since it is from Texas – http://digital.community-journalism.net/askanexpert/answers/can-i-use-facebook-photo-news-story-with

    Chris S. April 26, 2013 at 1:24 pm
  28. Thank you for helping to clarify this issue.

    The Rockwall News April 26, 2013 at 1:17 pm
  29. Anything posted on publicly accessible areas of the internet becomes a public record. Facebook’s terms of service expressly state that by uploading any kind of content, whether in the form of photos or material, you are automatically assigning copyright control to Facebook. So Facebook actually owns Hanna’s photos and content and has given permission to anyone else to use whatever photos or content the individual (regardless of age) has made public. See Facebook’s regulations for further info. Obviously the photos are of value so viewers can see who the story involves. Thousands of readers have viewed our two stories this morning and we view our reporting as a public service, not stealing.

    The Rockwall News April 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm
  30. Facebook is public — if you don’t want your photos shared, don’t post them on a public site or set your privacy settings so nobody can see or share them. If you put your photo on the internet, it’s available for anyone to share.

    Rockwall County Resident April 26, 2013 at 1:09 pm
  31. Not only are you insensitively posting photos (which have no news value) of this minor.

    Have you considered the fact that someone else owns the copyright to those images and you are sealing them in order to draw viewers?

    Chris S. April 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm
  32. Thanks!

    The Rockwall News April 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm
  33. No, it’s public knowledge. We are simply reporting facts. It’s a fact that there was a public prayer service, for example. Her family is also confirming it now on her Facebook page.

    The Rockwall News April 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm
  34. Since she’s underage, don’t you actually need permission though?

    bkhill April 26, 2013 at 12:36 pm
  35. Family has confirmed it’s real by contacting friends trough Facebook and letting them know ad even by posting status informing people about it

    Cameran April 26, 2013 at 12:28 pm
  36. You’re equating a 14 year-old’s FB to two adults? We can argue back and forth all day. Am glad this isn’t a pay site and will stop coming here for tabloid-like news.

    Rev April 26, 2013 at 12:18 pm
  37. Permission is not necessary for Facebook photos. For example, Facebook photos of the McLellands, who were murdered in Kaufman Co., were used nationwide. CBS News in NY City even contacted us for one of them. News stories are published all the time based upon what unnamed sources say. You haven’t noticed that? If news operations had to wait for “official” sources, we wouldn’t have heard about the Boston bombings and about 75% of other news stories.

    The Rockwall News April 26, 2013 at 12:14 pm
  38. I’m assuming you have the family’s permission to use her pics? This (and the previous article on this topic) is EXTREMELY insensitive on your part. Publishing information based on what a coach and Facebook posts say, rather than family members or legal authorities. This is journalism? You should withdraw both articles.

    Rev April 26, 2013 at 11:38 am

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