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Eighteen children in Georgia have killed themselves this year. And state officials are working to stop and prevent those suicides.
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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Fatality Review Program teamed up with state education and health officials to create a new training program for school personnel.
The program focuses on teaching educators warning signs in students and figuring out way to get the issue of suicide out in the open at their schools.
“Whereas before it may have been a hush-hush topic because we’re certainly sensitive to that, but we think we have a responsibility to the public to know that children are actually carrying out these acts,” said Trebor Randle, the GBI special agent leading the program.
She said the program is aimed at educators because children spend so much of their time at school.
Still, 14 of the suicides have happened since the first training back in March.
“To be honest, I cannot point to any particular reason,” Randle said.
Another round of training summits is set to begin in September