Committee Approves Bill To Provide Teachers With Suicide Prevention Training

March 14, 2014

A bill aimed at providing Arizona teachers suicide prevention training was unanimously approved Thursday in the Senate Education Committee. Rep. Heather Carter said her bill would provide a community involvement approach to the problem.

“While the teachers are not going to be mandated to take this training, I do believe it will help increase a level of awareness, and then specifically within the training, much of the training says you’ve got to reach out to the parent,” Carter said.

The legislation is being championed by LeAnn Hull, who says her relatively happy, high-achieving so Andy never exhibited any sign he planned to take his own life. Hull says she learned her son was being bullied by a teacher and had been unable to get out of her class. The measure now goes to the Senate Government Committee.