Year: 2002 Source: National Association of Secondary School Principles Bulletin, v.86, no.630, (March 2002), p.24-33 SIEC No: 20060138

This article discusses the role of educators in suicide prevention. First, the incidence of adolescent death by suicide in the United States is discussed. Next, case laws related to suicide in educational settings are reviewed. Court rulings indicate that educators can be found negligent in cases involving suicide only if the court finds that they owed a duty to the victim. Finally, suggestions for school principals related to implementing suicide prevention programs in school settings are presented. (15 refs)