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Bill advances to help schools identify suicidal students

Published February 18, 2014 4:41 pm

Teen suicide • Teachers, counselors would be able to question students.
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A bill that would allow school employees to ask students whether they are suicidal was approved unanimously by the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday.

HB23 has already passed the House and now will go to the full Senate.

Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, is the sponsor of the bill, which makes minor changes to law.

They're important, however, to the teachers and counselors who feel that current law doesn't allow the latitude to ask questions when a student shows warning signs.

The law already requires schools to report to parents if any child mentions thoughts of harming himself or another. That wouldn't change.

Kristen Moulton




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