VERONA, Wis. – Nudged awake in the middle of the night by her child in tears carrying a note, it was then Dia Caulkins’ life changed completely. Still half-awake on that November night she heard two things from her 14-year-old: an apology and a confession.
“They said, 'Mom, I’m sorry,' and I woke up and I was like, 'Oh, did you have bad dream?' and I said, 'Come sit on the bed, tell me about it,' and they said, 'No, I’m sorry,'” Caulkins recalled. “I was trying to wake up and collect my thoughts and I was like, 'Sorry for what?' and they handed me the note and they said, 'I took some pills.'”