I was saddened when I heard about the death of Daffodil princess and Chief Leschi student Alexandria Tyler Cole. I never knew her personally, but Chief Leschi and our school have competed in sports together for as long as I can remember.
When the administration shared with our students the news of her death, the students at my high school were moved with compassion and prayed for Alexandria and her family, and we will continue to pray for them during this time.
I agree with the law being passed in Alaska requiring that teachers and staff be trained to recognize signs of suicide and know ways to prevent it. Unfortunately, suicidal behavior can be difficult to pinpoint as some teens may appear to “have it all together.” But the more we spread awareness, the better chance we have of stopping these teens from seeing death as the only option.
I applaud Alaska for adoption of this law, and I prod Washington state to jump on the bandwagon as well. We owe it to the countless kids out there who feel like no one notices or even cares.