Jo’Vianni “Jo” Smith, 15, was found dead at her Stockton home, where she hanged herself amidst state house arrest orders, KTXL station reported.
Her mother Danielle Hunt said Smith left no note explaining her death earlier this month.
But Hunt believes that the stress caused by the health crisis may have played a role, according to the media.
“I felt I was doing everything I could as a parent to leave communication open,” Hunt told the news station, adding that “sometimes we may have to stop and worry about the children whose we don’t think we need it. worry. “
The sophomore high school student was a promising student-athlete playing travel team softball as catcher and second baseman, reported sports blog Extra Innings Softball.
One of his former coaches, Bill Fletcher, wrote on a Facebook group, encouraging other parents to communicate with their children about the pandemic following Smith’s death, according to the blog.
“I can’t imagine what Jo was going through to reach this conclusion,” Fletcher is said to have written. “Her mom is a single mom with her own restaurant business, which in those days couldn’t have gone well. “
Fletcher pleaded with parents not to assume that their children know how to handle the stress caused by the health crisis.
“I ask you to keep this family in your prayers,” he wrote. “I ask you to reach out to others and not just assume their [sic] to go well. “