A Stern Warning From Anne Arundel County Schools

| March 3, 2009 | 0 Comments

AA Co School Board LogoApparently, in the wake of some recent suicides and suicide attempts, the school district sent home a sobering letter with students.  In part, it reads:

In recent months, the county has seen an increase in the number of suicide-related threats and suicides. It is critically important that all of us are on the lookout for the warning signs that may indicate suicidal thoughts or behaviors, particularly among our children. These include, but are not limited to, anxiety, anger, mood swings, becoming withdrawn, and substance abuse. It also is important for parents to be aware of the online activity of their children. A child who may be visiting online memorials for deceased youths, for instance, may be more at risk for suicidal behaviors. Technology has allowed our children to build relationships and friendships with people across the world. A child’s friends are no longer contained within his or her school or residential community, so knowledge of your child’s activities is of paramount importance.

While there are certainly pressures facing adults in this trying time, as parents we need to be there for our kids. The schools are not in place to co-parent. Know your child and be there for your child. Let’s work together to stop these senseless acts!

You can read the letter here.

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