When he was 19 years old, the only escape Kevin Hines saw from his emotional pain was death. And his escape plan involved jumping off the Golden Gate bridge.
Yet despite falling 25 stories in just 4 seconds, at 75 mph, he survived. And it is that road to survival that he recently shared with Finger Lakes area students, including several in the Wayne County school district and with Romulus sixth- through 12-graders Thursday morning.
In introducing Hines, Superintendent Marty Rotz acknowledged that the presentation could be difficult and encouraged students to step outside and take a break if they needed. Indeed, some took him up on that offer.
But despite the serious subject matter and sharing a story he acknowledged “is hard to hear,” Hines said, he travels the globe to spread his anti-suicide message because he wants to instill a glimmer of hope in those youngsters who might need it.