School board OKs first step toward suicide policy; budget, bond projects – Benicia Herald

By Keri Luiz

Last week Benicia Unified School District trustees approved Board Policy 5141.52, which addresses teen suicide.

But that approval came after Barbara Gervase and other community members addressed the board to voice their concerns, and to ask them to consider creating a teen center.

Gervase is the mother of Kyle Hyland, a Benicia High School student who took his own life last December.

“I was encouraged to learn that the program Sources of Strength may be brought to the high school this fall, but I am worried that there are no plans for a specific suicide prevention training for staff,” Gervase said.

Gervase also expressed concern over language usage in the suicide policy.

via School board OKs first step toward suicide policy; will look at budget, bond projects Thursday.

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