Following a devastating suicide in early September, Greensburg School Officials are in the process of re-training teachers and implementing new classes relating to teen suicide and bullying. The school corporation has also collaborated with the Jason Foundation of Indianapolis to educate teachers and parents on teen suicide prevention.
Although teen suicide and teen bullying go hand-in-hand, they are ultimately two separate issues with different required trainings says Joni Irwin, a representative from the Jason Foundation. The foundation suggests a curriculum regarding teen suicide that targets students in grades seven through twelve.
Greensburg Superintendent, Tom Hunter, says this curriculum is in the process of being added as a required class for freshman.
“We already have plans on putting that in place in our junior high health curriculum and in our high school,” Hunter explains. “We have a class there on teen violence and dating and bullying.”
Greensburg is re-training teachers on the already in place Olweus Anti-Bullying Plan starting in early November. Hunter says no matter what plan is in effect, incidents still happen. The school corporation has also instated a parent advisory group to work with the school community.