Former Current TV reporter and world famous North Korean hostage Laura Ling is the new host of E! Investigates on the E! Entertainment network, where she makes her debut tonight. Ling’s first show looks into the rash of teen suicides across the country.
Writes Ling of her premiere story, on E!’s website:
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 10- to 24-year-olds. And the ripple effect of losing a child, sibling or friend to suicide is far-reaching. As April Kubachka explained metaphorically about her son Kyle’s death by suicide, “Kyle held a grenade in his hands, and surrounding him were all his loved ones. When he pulled the pin, we were all hit with the shrapnel.”
Teen suicide and bullying has been in the news as of late following the death of Rutgers University freshman, Tyler Clementi, who was taunted because of his sexual orientation. But suicidal thoughts impact young people from all walks of life. Our investigation took us from wealthy suburbs of Los Angeles to ethnic communities in Miami to tranquil towns in the Midwest.