Youth Suicide Prevention Bill Moves Out of Senate

Mar 5, 2013

A bill that would require schools to notify the parents of children who are being bullied or who have threatened suicide has passed out of the Utah Senate today. Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake says SB184 is aimed at helping parents share responsibility with the schools and allow them to be more engaged in what happens with their children.

“This will help them get notified," Robles says. "As we were talking about this bill yesterday another child attempted to commit suicide in one of our high schools here in Salt Lake city. So, it is an issue that is happening, unfortunately, and we need to tackle this and make sure parents are part of the solution.”

The bill also requires the parents to sign a form recognizing that they have been notified by the school. This form will be kept private, and cannot be used by the school for any other purpose.