Censoring talk of suicides doesn't prevent them

2014-04-23T00:00:00Z Censoring talk of suicides doesn't prevent them nwitimes.com
April 23, 2014 12:00 am

A mistake happened at Lake Central High School, and a stubborn administrator needs to change his stance, tone and perspective.

Principal Robin Tobias can do a great deal of good for himself, his students and his community with an apology and an about-face of his handling of the school’s tragic circumstance.

Tobias could have addressed students at the sit-in by acknowledging their grievance. It would have been a simple thing and would have avoided the need to arrest a student.

The ethical role of an educator is not to emphasize one’s own authority but to promote agency for students. Ignoring suicide is easier than regarding the actuality of mental depression. Suicides have become epidemic, and censoring discussion of suicide does not assist prevention.

Principal Tobias, please reconsider your stance and apologize to your community. It is the right thing to do.

- Scott Guffey, Michigan City

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