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The students and administrators at NC are harnessing an underutilized dynamic – the power of students talking to students – in a new suicide-prevention effort.
It happens in the best of families. The boy Declan celebrated his 14th birthday in August. A few weeks later – just last week, to be precise – he came home from school, opened the family’s locked gun cabinet, took out a gun and went into the bathroom of his home in East Wenatchee. His mother and a brother were in the house and, hearing a shot, went to see what had happened. A single bullet had been fired, that’s what happened, and the boy was instantly dead.
Kolleen Murray, a seventh- and eighth-grade teacher at All Saints Catholic School, 3510 E. 18th Ave., recently received the 2012 Distinguished Teacher Award from the National Catholic Educational Association. In an association news release, All Saints Principal Kathy Hick said of Murray, “Kolleen takes pride in her work and in her class preparation. She wants them to be successful and expects the best from them.” Hick said Murray is an outstanding Catholic educator dedicated to youth.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it has lately been in the news. Cornell University is coping with a suicide cluster among students; two teenage girls killed themselves last month in Norwood, Pa.; and four teens died by suicide last year in Palo Alto, Calif.