School Psych Corner: Why Principals Need to Make Student Mental Health a Priority
[Source: Education Week]
Within the first eight days of school this year, three students in a suburban district East of Los Angeles killed themselves.
None of the deaths were related—the students had been from different schools, in different grades, and didn’t appear to know one another.
But the quick succession of suicides left the community reeling.
“I’m not sure how to explain that, it’s a punch to your gut. It’s just absolutely unbelievable,” said Mat Holton, the superintendent of the Chaffey Joint Union High School District. “But as a superintendent or a principal, you have to move into the mode of OK, what is our next step? How do we best help the kids? And you just move right into crisis mode.”
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