The Suicide of Jeremy Wade Delle

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4th June 2021  •  3 min read

On the 8th of January, 1991, 15-year-old Jeremy Wade Delle stood in front of his class in Richardson High School, Texas, and shot himself in the head. His tragic suicide would inspire the infamous Pearl Jam song, Jeremy.


The Suicide of Jeremy Wade Delle

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Jeremy Wade Delle was a 15-year-old sophomore who had just recently been transferred to Richardson High School in Richardson, Texas, from Bryan Adams in Dallas. On the 8th of January, 1991, Jeremy came to school armed with a .357-caliber Magnum.

That morning, Jeremy arrived to class late and the teacher in his second-period English class, Fay Barnett, told Jeremy to get an admittance slip from the school’s office. Instead of retrieving the admittance slip, however, Jeremy went to his locker and retrieved the gun he had brought along with him.

When Jeremy arrived back in class, he walked directly to the front of the classroom, stated: “Miss, I got what I really went for,” and the placed the barrel of the gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger, killing himself in front of his teacher and 30 of his classmates.1

Before anybody had any chance to react, Jeremy was dead at the front of the classroom. Brian Jackson, had been opening his locker just outside the classroom as the horror unfolded. He described a loud bang “like somebody had just slammed a book on a desk.” Within seconds, however, he heard screams emanating from inside the classroom and students began to run into the hallways. Brian approached the classroom and peered in: “The teacher was standing against the wall crying and shaking,” he said.

The young witnesses would be ushered into another classroom while the school district’s volunteer crisis team arrived on scene to speak with the students through their grief. Since Jeremy had only been at the school for two months, he had not yet made many close bonds. According to his teacher, he was more of a “loner” who spent most of his time on his own. “He was real quiet and he acted down at times. He acted sad,” said Koury Kashiem. Lisa Moore, who knew Jeremy from the in-school suspension program, said that she and Jeremy would pass notes to one another. He often signed off with: “Write back.” However, on the Monday, he had signed off with: “Later days.”

Before Jeremy’s suicide, he had been struggling psychologically and had spent some time as a hospital-bound student at a psychiatric hospital.2 His attendance at school had been sporadic and he had met with Jeremy and his father to discuss the problem. Furthermore, Jeremy had been in counselling with his father, who was separated from his mother. Richardson school district spokeswoman Susan Dacus-Wilson stated: “High school administrators knew he was a troubled child, and they were trying to do as much as they could for him.”

An investigation would determine that Jeremy had stolen the gun from a female acquaintance of his father.

In the wake of the suicide, a number of Jeremy’s classmates expressed tremendous guilt for not trying to befriend him. One boy named Danny stated: “Everybody I talked to said the ultimate same thing: They wish they could have said something to him before he did it.”3

A girl who attended church with Jeremy at Casa View Baptist Church would reveal that Jeremy had been “looking for love and wasn’t quite sure where to find it.” She said that Jeremy was a very open person and had discussed suicide in the past. Shortly before his death, he had handed this girl an envelope and asked her to give it to another friend.4

This envelope contained a suicide note. Jeremy had written several suicide notes and sent several cassettes to friends before taking his own life. One of them read:

“To whoever I decide this is to, I have a lot going on, a little too much, more than what I can handle. I’m in too much pain, and I just want YOU to understand why I’m doing this. I don’t hate myself I hate what’s going on in my life, my parents, a new school. I feel like I don’t fit in nowhere. I realize that there will be friends that will try to ask me why. Because I feel like I have to, I feel it’s the only way. I figure it’s been so many ya’ll won’t even know I’m gone and as for ones that tried to hurt me, you didn’t. Sorry, Nancy, by the time you get this letter I will have blown my head off, aka suicide, better known as (last way out). News flash – not your fault. It’s Michelle’s along with about 137.5 other problems. I was just writing to see if you wanted to go to the funeral. Call my house and ask for my Dad, 690-5338. At least you didn’t have to hear the boom. Love, Jeremy Wade Delle.

The tragic suicide would inspire the infamous Pearl Jam song, Jeremy. Eddie Veder said he had read about Jeremy in the newspaper and felt “the need to take that small article and make something of it – to give that action, to give it reaction, to give it more importance.”

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Footnotes:

  1. The Dallas Moring News, 9 January, 1991 – “Richardson Teenager Kills Himself in Front of Classmates”
  2. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 13 January, 1991 – “Teen Suicide”
  3. The Dallas Morning News, 9 January, 1992 – “Crisis Teams Respond Quickly to Teen’s Suicide”
  4. The Dallas Morning News, 10 January, 1991 – “Crisis Lines Busy”

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Susanna Vesna
Susanna Vesna
7 months ago

Always, always, ALWAYS make an effort with the quiet lonely kids. You and your words may be that one thing that they need to survive and choose to live. </3

Jerry Bradford
Jerry Bradford
6 months ago

Never downplay suicidal ideation. No matter what is either a sign of someone on the verge of killing themself, seriously thinking about it, or some other emotional or personality disorder .

In any case they need help.

maga2024
maga2024
6 months ago

damn he died like a little bitch

Jason
Jason
6 months ago
Reply to  maga2024

You are a horrible human, as your handle suggests.

bev
bev
5 months ago
Reply to  Jason

I think you took this troll’s bait.

Tim
Tim
2 months ago
Reply to  Jason

As his or her handle suggests? Trump supporters are not the ones dividing America by race, gender, wealth, orientation etc.

Cindy
Cindy
1 month ago
Reply to  Jason

I was thinking the same thing. maga says it all. :*(

Trumpmakesyoucry
Trumpmakesyoucry
6 months ago
Reply to  maga2024

Yep, only a coward kills themselves!!
Can’t handle a little stress in life, and take the easy way out……

Mycelium River
Mycelium River
5 months ago

Must be nice to have stress free life 🙂 One day you’ll be brave enough.

Jf bro
Jf bro
2 months ago
Reply to  Mycelium River

Both maga2024 and trump make you cry are troll dude.

frank
frank
5 months ago

trump is a lying, draft dodging, conman criminal. you’re vile trash.

Tim
Tim
2 months ago
Reply to  frank

Even if that were true, so what, he did more for America than all Presidents since Reagan.

J0hnGalt
J0hnGalt
14 days ago
Reply to  Tim

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Georgedeep
Georgedeep
4 days ago
Reply to  Tim

You’re a true bonefide idiot! You embarrass yourself!

MLo
MLo
24 days ago
Reply to  frank

And Biden is a child groping, wannabe-tyrant who’s an embarrassment and a racist who is leading us to hyperinflation and possibly a failed-state (admittedly that’s been planned by globalists). I’m not a big Trump fan either, but the hypocrisy on the left is pathetic. You think Maga ppl are horrible people? Good grief. They’d be the first to come to your aid if you were in need of help. They’d stand up for you and your rights despite your intolerance (hypocrisy) and hatred for them. We need each other right now…this division has to somehow stop

Last edited 24 days ago by MLo
ABC 123
ABC 123
4 days ago

Sorry we aren’t all as perfect as you. Take this stupid talk somewhere else man. NOT appropriate!

Stephanie Foamwire
Stephanie Foamwire
5 months ago
Reply to  maga2024

I don’t know man. That’s pretty metal killing yourself in front of a bunch of kids and traumatizing them. Thus infecting everyone with your sadness.

There’s better things to do then projecting your feelings on another kids successful suicide. I hope you get better.

Michael Tobin
Michael Tobin
5 months ago
Reply to  maga2024

Better to die like one rather than live like one. Yes, I mean you.

frank
frank
5 months ago
Reply to  maga2024

get covid and die maga trash

Tim
Tim
2 months ago
Reply to  frank

So I guess your comment makes you a hypocrite, correct?

Jake Monroe
Jake Monroe
4 months ago
Reply to  maga2024

Remind me how many Grammy award winning artists have wrote songs about you or your life? Let alone a #1 metal song like Jeremy . Put a . 357 magnum in your mouth and actually pull the trigger that ain’t a bitch that’s true pain . I watched a friend have an episode grab his brothers mossberg 12 gauge and put it under his chin and pulled the trigger no one even knew the pain he had been under until it was too late and he had friends and family .

Mark
Mark
3 months ago
Reply to  Jake Monroe

Sorry, Pearl Jam’s isn’t metal.

Robyn Seefeldt
Robyn Seefeldt
4 months ago
Reply to  maga2024

Ur a piece of shit

Maga2024IsaBitxh
Maga2024IsaBitxh
1 month ago
Reply to  maga2024

You’re a little BITXH

Damali
Damali
1 month ago

Hi. Trump voter here. Before you get upset at me with my political views and make broad statements about all MAGA supporters, understand that not all of us are like the news wants you to believe, or the trolling comments here, I have seen just as many ugly comments made by left leaning internet users. I, myself am a black woman, so definitely not racist, and my husband is also now a Trump supporter, he happens to be white, definitely not a racist. Yet again and again on the internet and news sources everywhere we get lumped in with white… Read more »

kimpappert
kimpappert
12 days ago
Reply to  Damali

Excellent. Refreshing!!

Georgedeep
Georgedeep
4 days ago
Reply to  Damali

No, you’re an idiot too! Trump comes out trying to shakedown the Georgia official trying to get him to cheat on votes. It’s clearly Trump. It wasn’t the fake news, it wasn’t liberal nothing! It was Trump being cheating loser! Call it for what it is. Unbelievable.

margie
margie
1 month ago
Reply to  maga2024

what if it was your brother-I think you’d feel differently. what a horrible thing to say.that was bad karma for you.

Cassie
Cassie
4 months ago

Poor kid! I am sorry Jeremy for the world failed you.

Kingmob
Kingmob
3 months ago

Read some of the comments, and it made me wonder, where does the hate so many people project get created? And how can you feel like that towards a person you have never met, spoken to, or, even seen? I suppose there are a lot of weak, scared, and blind within society who have little, or, no self esteem. Like Jeremy, we should try to connect with them and help them find some worth in their lives.

Michael C.
Michael C.
3 months ago

As clear, concise and informative as a specific news article needs to be. I believe all the pertinent facts are present in a professional news fashion. The only question unanswered is why did he feel something so final was a correct response to his agony, whether real (child of divorce, relocation…) and/or perceived (he didn’t belong, lonely though not actively seeking a niche among fellow students…). I just had a friend end his issues with war trauma horribly and I just don’t get it. How is ending one’s life to be viewed by those who left behind? In a way,… Read more »

jeri conway
jeri conway
2 months ago
Reply to  Michael C.

Beautiful Michael

missXvamp
missXvamp
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael C.

In my experience its because when you do reach out for help and support you end up feeling like a burden. For example mum sometimes will comment about how everyone is always relying on her etc. Even though I don’t ever ask for much. I myself just don’t want to burden everyone with how I feel. Because family mostly just tell me to just chill out and get out and try and be happy. But as someone with serious mental illness its just not that easy. And I have tried ringing certain numbers for help whilst I’m mega upset and… Read more »

jeremyjr.
jeremyjr.
2 months ago

i think with all my heart that all of you suck ass and should kill yourself

Roger
Roger
1 month ago

Never bully or put anyone down! weather it’s school kids, adolescent or adult.
Talk and befriend The Quiet Ones…They need friends, just like You!

Carla M Barnes
Carla M Barnes
1 month ago

Who is Michelle???

1234
1234
1 month ago

Jeremy is a very brave young man, very brave.. I don’t have the kind of bravery he had to even try!

Suzan
Suzan
27 days ago

I went to Bryan Adams – the school Jeremy attended before going to Richardson. I was a bit of a snob but extremely shy in school. I wish I had been more aware of others who were suffering as I was with loneliness and depression. As a very elderly lady now, I can only imagine how much deeper that depression goes in this fast-moving society. To reiterate, I wish I had noticed the other kids who are feeling the way I was and had tried to make a connection. We all long for recognition and acknowledgement of our feelings. I’m… Read more »

Jeremy Bearamy
Jeremy Bearamy
26 days ago

What a jerk traumatizing his classmates and teacher that did nothing to him. He’s not brave. He didn’t deserve a song about him.

Izzy
Izzy
15 days ago

I miss you J.D. . Once again its that time of year. I never forget you. I still think of you and Junior High. Tough times, we barely made it through. I wish I took you serious then I really do. Far to often we we just look at the book rather than open and read its chapters. I miss you bro.i love you bro. In my heart is were I keep Jeremy.

ABC 123
ABC 123
4 days ago

I just read some of these comments here. I am shocked. A young man is dead and you are arguing about politics. Shame on you. This is a tragedy. You all ( both sides) are self centered idiots. Show some respect you jerks

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