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Following school tragedy, adults need to make reasonable, responsible decisions

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: October 2, 2012

Other communities will insist on a renewed focus on bullying, even absent solid evidence that bullying played a role in Poulos' death. Ann Caine said she spoke with the boy's family and they said bullying “definitely” wasn't to blame.

After a series of suicides in Edmond earlier this year, school officials beefed up the district's suicide prevention efforts and provided training for parents and other interested adults. None of those deaths happened at school, though.

Parents are often told the best think they can do is communicate with their children. It's true, even if it isn't always easy.

Suicide isn't a logical reaction to any sort of struggle. It's impossible to know what measures might have saved Poulos' life. No policy or safety measure is foolproof against a person determined to do harm to himself or others. The best reaction so soon after a heartbreaking incident is to assess and question but not overreact — especially when the hearts and minds of teenagers are so vulnerable.

They need clear-thinking adults making reasonable, responsible decisions.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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