About Josh Platzer

By Jude Platzer

In 1999, on the evening of Friday, Aug. 6, Josh’s 11-year-old sister flew into Vancouver International Airport after attending a special summer school in Israel. Her parents, Ben and Jude, had tried to get her older brother, Josh, to go with them to meet her plane. Fifteen-year-old Josh refused. The Platzers, though disappointed, didn’t insist. Their lanky, red-haired son was clinically depressed and his psychologist had suggested they give him space. So Josh, who had completed Grade 10 at Point Grey secondary school, went to his best friend’s house and watched videos with friends instead. He never came home and never saw his sister again. The boy for whom the phone never stopped ringing had hanged himself on his best friend’s porch.

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