By Keri Luiz
At last week’s meeting of Benicia Unified School District trustees, many members of the community spoke about Board Policy BP 5141.52, which addresses suicide prevention.
First to speak was Barbara Gervase, the mother of Kyle Hyland, the Benicia High School junior who took his own life Dec. 22, 2014.
Gervase first commended the district on the positive changes being planned for mental health services for students. But she said she believed that there was more that could, and should, be done.“
The rate of suicide attempts is on the rise since Kyle passed, with one per week in January and February versus the historical rate of one per month,” she said. “This indicates that real sweeping change is urgently needed.”