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Herbert signs legislation to prevent teen suicide

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 18, 2013 at 3:21 pm •  Published: May 18, 2013

MAGNA, Utah (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert visited a high school in the Salt Lake City suburb of Magna rocked by a recent string of suicides to discuss the problem and sign legislation meant to prevent it.

Herbert on Friday heard suggestions on how to deal with teen suicides from students at Cyprus High.

"Events like this greatly affect Cyprus High School and the Magna community," senior Jane Burns told the governor, calling the death of one of her friends earlier this school year "the worst day of my life."

Herbert signed three bills designed to help prevent teen bullying and suicide, including one to require school districts and charter schools to implement suicide prevention programs for junior high and high school students.

Another measure will require schools to notify parents if their children are bullied or threaten suicide, while another will ask school districts to hold annual seminars for parents on bullying, mental health, drug abuse and Internet safety.

The Legislature passed the bills earlier this year after a series of high-profile teen suicides in the state, including one involving a 14-year-old boy who shot himself in front of some of his classmates in Taylorsville in December.

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