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Settlement sought

Parents of Caltech student who committed suicide on campus work to end $20 million lawsuit

By Jake Armstrong 04/14/2011

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Attorneys for Caltech and the parents of a student who committed suicide on campus nearly two years ago are expected to reveal to a judge today whether they’ve settled or will head to trial over a wrongful death lawsuit against two top university administrators and three psychologists, according to court records.
Margaret and Delfin Go, parents of Caltech junior Brian Go, whose body was found atop a campus building May 17, 2009, are seeking upwards of $20 million from the research university in a lawsuit that accuses former dean John Hall, current dean Barbara Green and three school psychologists of failing to intervene after Go divulged he wanted to die following a suicide attempt on May 3.
The psychologists assigned to Go, a 20-year-old junior at the time, alternately categorized his mood as “mildly euthymic,” or having a somewhat normal range of emotions, and “dysthemic,” similar to chronic depression, in the two weeks prior to his death. But university staff did not notify his parents or take any other steps to have him further evaluated after Go told a concerned friend he was “struggling to find the will to go on” following a breakup with a female, according to the suit.
The lawsuit named Hall, Green and psychologists Helena Kopecky, Maggie Ateia and Kevin Austin as defendants. 
Deborah Williams-Hedges, Caltech’s spokeswoman, on Monday said university officials had no comment at this time given the sensitive nature of the issue and its ongoing litigation. 
Neither Margaret Go nor attorneys at the firm handling her case returned calls for comment.
Attorneys for all parties, who met with insurance companies last Friday for one final shot at mediation, are scheduled to appear today before Judge John Doyle at the Glendale Courthouse for a post-mediation status conference. The next hearing is scheduled May 13, when attorneys for the psychologists will ask the judge to rule on their clients’ involvement in the case.  


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Why aren't the parents also suing the female who dumped their son? After all, that rejecting little slottie seems to be the depression-catalyst that transformationally caused poor Brian to end his life -- in however a fashion -- that he off'd himself (Did he use poison? Or a knife? Maybe he hung himself; or perhaps a gun was used on that roof ... and THAT's why his method-of-suicide is -- in this article at least -- being kept an apparent secret).

In any event, was this 20-year old adult male still living at home with his parents? What part perhaps (and you can't tell me that parents never cause their offspring to contemplate suicide ~) did they play in exacerbating this downgraded Shakespearian drama?

Among a globetrotting species that is rapidly committing suicide against itself (when will California get nuclear globalism's next serving of Fukushima?), why are we targeting our overworked and stressed out educators? Oh, I forgot, BtSt teabagger crazy Gov. Walker of Wisconsin has proclaimed to all who are looking to wash their own hands of humanity's nasty little matter of descendant-immolation that the teaching class is America's newest grand straw-man to blame and beat down for our own incorporated annihilation!


posted by DanD on 4/18/11 @ 08:43 a.m.

Brian loved his school and would be ashamed of his parents for doing this.

posted by caltech2010 on 6/24/11 @ 09:07 a.m.

Love, as we well know, can be blind. In several conversations with me throughout his years at Caltech, Brian mentioned many things that troubled him about the school. He was raised, however, to work ethically and legally within the system to try to change the things that he could. He was motivated by concern for his fellow students and because he believed to seek the changes he sought was the right thing to do. That you purport to know the mind of a deceased individual, whose brilliant mind is now mouldering in a grave, is, well, astonishing. When you know every detail of this case and when you have lost a child to suicide when a phone call from his or her school could have been instrumental in saving that child's life (which I would not wish on anyone), and you still post the words you have posted above, only then might I perhaps take umbrage at your remark.

posted by WeAreFive on 7/18/11 @ 05:40 a.m.
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