Counselors on alert after reported suicide attempt at school

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MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. — A suicide attempt at a local school has some counselors on alert. The sheriff confirmed Monday a school resource officer at Rose Hill Middle School called deputies reporting a student had tried to hang themselves at the school. We talked to a counselor Tuesday who said it is important for parents and family members to report any early signs of changes in their children. “We want our students to develop a thinking pattern that says there are certain things we don’t keep secret, and that can include suicidal ideation,” said Will Beyer, crisis counselor with the Jackson-Madison County School System. According to the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network’s latest numbers, in 2012 there were 42 overall suicide deaths in the state for ages 10 through 19. One of those deaths was reported in Madison County.

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