|Florida Sen. Lisbeth Benacquisto|
Senator Lisbeth Benacquisto joined members of the Florida Coalition of School Board Members from around the state for a legislative town hall meeting Thursday evening. Senator Benacquisto has multiple bills filed and moving in the legislature, but the conversation quickly centered around her suicide awareness and prevention bill (SB 884) which is quickly moving through committees in Tallahassee, on it's way toward becoming law.
According to Senator Benacquisto, the latest data available from 2013 reveal that 34 Florida students aged 10-12 committed suicide that year. Here in Escambia County, we have had a number of student suicides over my 10 year career on the school board, including one middle school student that killed herself just this past January.
This is an issue that demands attention at all levels of government.
Fox news, just today, did a full blown story on the epidemic of suicides by young people in our country. This is a problem that has grown every year since 2007. from that piece: