School Problems Factor into Youth Suicides

Annual reports issued by the Clark County Child Death Review Team indicate that school-related problems have played a contributing role in suicides involving county children.

But any connection bullying may have played in those cases is less certain.

That's because the team, made up of professionals in law enforcement, medicine, child welfare and education, didn't specifically address bullying in reports issued from 2006 through 2012.

Instead, school problems have been defined as those that include failure at school, move to a new school and "other serious school problems."

During that seven-year period 57 children aged 10 to 17 committed suicide in the county. Of those cases, 37 or 64.9 percent were boys and 20 or 35.1 percent were girls.

The team began tracking school problems in 2007 as part of an analysis of a child's history of crisis. Of the 48 child suicides that occurred from 2007 through 2012, It was determined that 17 of those children, or 35.4 percent, had school problems.


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