Reservation's student suicides highlight importance of school, district roles in prevention
from Education DIVE
Through the spring and summer of 2015, 12 students on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation committed suicide. Some were as young as 12 years old. Recently, the U.S. Department of Education announced it had awarded over $325,000 to help the school district recover via Project School Emergency Response to Violence Grants. SERV grants typically assist communities that have experienced traumatic or violent events that disrupted learning environments. According to the Department of Education, over 100 suicide attempts were made on the reservation during that 2014-2015 school year alone. The federal Indian Health Service puts that number at 103.
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