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Davis parent seminars address suicide

Published: Monday, Sept. 30 2013 12:55 p.m. MDT

A Davis County School District transportation bus damaged by the windstorm in Clearfield Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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FARMINGTON — Suicide, substance abuse, bullying and Internet safety will be addressed in four parent seminars scheduled in the Davis School District. Parents are invited to attend one of the four evening seminars.

HB298, passed during the 2013 Utah Legislature, requires districts to offer at least one such seminar annually. Seminars in the Davis School District will take place Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 in the Viewmont High School Auditorium, and Jan. 28 and Feb. 5 in the Clearfield High School Auditorium. All will take place from 7-9 p.m.

Davis School District is not immune to the problem of suicide and has lost its share of students, teachers and even parents of students to suicide in recent years.

“It’s important for us to talk about this topic, even though it’s not a popular topic,” said District Student Services Director Brad Christensen. “Any adult who has an influence or connection to a child should be aware of suicide signs, so we can all take care of our children.”

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