Student takes own life in NYU library - Metro US

Student takes own life in NYU library

In a horrifying reoccurrence of suicide at NYU, the body of Andrew Noble, 20, was found in Bobst Library yesterday morning.

The junior from Irvington, N.Y., jumped from a 10th-floor balcony to the marble lobby, police said.

NYU President John Sexton sent an e-mail to the NYU community confirming Noble’s suicide. “No matter how difficult things might seem at any particular moment, your life is filled with promise,” Sexton wrote. “I am certain of this: There are many resources to help you, and harming oneself is absolutely the wrong choice.”

Students at NYU yesterday said they just finished a stressful midterm period.

“There’s a lot of pressure and stress,” said freshman Olivia Scofield, 18. “Our parents are paying a lot for it, so you just want to do good and get good grades.”

A spate of suicides in recent years, including four in 2004, have troubled NYU. Six-foot-high Plexiglas barriers were installed in the library’s interior balconies after one student jumped and another fell in 2003.

“It has some kind of weird stigma because so many have killed themselves in there,” said student Robert Kennedy, 19.

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