A local school district is finding new resolve after tragedy. Four students have died by suicide over the past two years. One of them, just this month.
Penfield School District held an open community forum to talk about the subject and to support students and families in this time of loss.
In addition to giving people a chance to share their questions and concerns, it also provided access to social and emotional support programs, and suggestions on how members of the school can move forward.
“We’re hopeful to sort of shed some light on it, and talk to parents about what they should be looking for and how they can support their child at home, where the children are using it more than they are in school,” said Dr. Putnam, with the Penfield School District. “If we can partner together, the ultimate hope is that students feel supported and can seek help when necessary.”
There were rumors bullying had played a major part in the suicides in the Penfield District, but Penfield’s Superintendent says bullying was not the cause in these cases.