In a message sent recently to Mason Schools families, district officials wrote: “It is important to take any threat or talk about suicide seriously. Start by telling the person that you are concerned. Don’t be afraid to ask whether she or he is considering suicide or has a plan or method in mind. Resist the temptation to argue the person out of suicide by saying, ‘You have so much to live for’ or ‘Your suicide will hurt your family and friends.’ Instead, seek professional help.”
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Carson told this news outlet that while the girls’ actions took place off of campus, students whose social media posts negatively impact the school community can face disciplinary action by the district.
The 10,000-student Mason City Schools has had five student suicides in the past seven years, according to district officials.
“One suicide is too many, and we continue to search for ways to prevent teen suicide in Mason,” Carson said.