Faced with a wave of teen-age suicides in the community, what can a principal do?
A national survey in 2003 by the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System found 16.5 percent of high school students had so seriously considered suicide that they made a plan to carry it out, and 8.3 percent had attempted it in the previous year . . .
But even someone like (Principal John) Neary, who knows the numbers and sees the kids, was shocked when he checked the dark, bloody Web sites two of the Clayton Valley girls were visiting before they died. The sites feature postings from other visitors who not only approve of hurting yourself but also often encourage it.
Clayton Valley High held a forum for parents and students to discuss the warning signs of suicide and urge parents to be involved in their children’s lives.