Three Latino East Hampton High School Students Commit Suicide

Census figures show that the Hispanic portion of East Hampton Township’s population nearly doubled between 2000 and 2010 to 26.4 percent from 14.8 percent. It was only 5 percent in 1990.

“It’s a dramatic demographic change,” said Richard J. Burns, superintendent of the East Hampton school district. “It takes a while; getting your arms around it is difficult.”

The school district hired Ana Nunez, a few weeks after Hernandez's suicide, in order to bridge the gap between the school and parents of the Latino students. It was made clear that the district need a liaison to directly address the issues between the Spanish-speaking community and the English-speaking school district.

Nunez has since become a voice for the Latino community. “Who would ask a Latino parent her opinion, or cared?” One mother from Mexico, Adriana Gonzalez said. “Now they want to listen, but maybe later they’re going to say ‘Stop it.’ ”