HUTSONVILLE, Ill. (WTHI) - Two Illinois parents are hoping to turn a tragedy into an inspiration for change.
Vicki and Jim Smith lost their son, Austin to suicide earlier this year.
He was 16, and a student of Hutsonville High School.
Now, the Smiths donated a "Buddy Bench" to Hutsonville Elementary School.
They hope the bench will be a symbol of their son.
They also hope it'll teach younger children a valuable lesson.
"Somebody'll show up and a new friend might be the change of your whole world. You'll never know," Jim said.
The Smith's hope the bench creates friendships in Hutsonville that will last a lifetime.