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A powerful new documentary that premiered at Tribeca captures the awful lives of bullied and tormented kids across America. The director talks to Louis Jordan about how he hopes it will stop such behavior. Read more about it in the Daily Beast.

Suicide  prevention program held in Denver

Have you ever been in a situation in which someone has died by suicide? An adult? A child? A teenager? Have you wished there was something you could’ve done? 
safeTALK helps to create suicide-safer communities. safeTALK is a three-hour training for everyone (age 16 and older) in the community designed to ensure that persons with thoughts of suicide are connected to helpers who are prepared to provide first aid interventions.

safeTALK is designed to be used in organizations and communities where there are already ASIST-trained caregivers. Suicide alert helpers are part of a suicide-safer community.  Most people  with thoughts of suicide go unrecognized-even though most all are, directly or indirectly, requesting help. Without safeTALK training, these invitations to help are too rarely accepted, or even noticed. With more suicide alert helpers, more people with thoughts of suicide will get connected to the intervention help they want. Suicide alert helpers are part of a suicide-safer community.

Trainers for the workshop are Timothy Brown (Lincoln music teacher) and Lori Hoffner, both registered Suicide Intervention Skills Trainers.
 The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 7, at Lincoln Elementary School, 710 S. Pennsvylvania St. For more information, visit www.LivingWorks.net.

Adams 12 Five Star offering free sports physicals

ADAMS COUNTY – Parents in Adams 12 Five Star Schools know just how important it is to get a comprehensive physical for their student athletes.  They remember earlier this year when 17-year-old Matthew Hammerdorfer collapsed during a rugby game in Larimer County and died.

That’s why they are so glad that Adams 12 Five Star Schools has partnered with the Children’s Hospital to offer free sports physicals that include a thorough cardiovascular evaluation. Check out FOX31.

Berthoud schools talking about bullies

Schools in Berthoud are teaching anti-bullying messages, leaders from the four buildings said Tuesday. Read more in the Loveland Reporter-Herald.

Colo. anti-bully bill approved

Without additional debate, the Senate this morning voted 23-10 for final passage of House Bill 11-1254, the anti-bullying proposal. The measure now returns to the House for consideration of Senate amendments. The Senate also voted 33-0 to pass House Bill 11-1121, which bars people with certain felony convictions from non-licensed jobs at schools. Read more in Education News Colorado.

D-11: Burglary suspect got in school door that didn’t latch

A side school door that didn’t close all the way, and thus did not lock, allowed an unarmed burglary suspect to dash through Madison Elementary School last week trying to evade police, said Elaine Naleski, spokeswoman for Colorado Springs School District 11. Read more in the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Two students face arson charges in Lakewood

Two Dunstan Middle School students are facing arson charges in a connection with an April 10 fire that burned more than 2 acres, including trees and a wooden fence, Lakewood police said today. Read more in the Denver Post.

Eaglecrest H. S. student expelled after knives found in car

AURORA – Lenny Torres’ life was turned around in an instant. He was driving with a friend on April 20 when administrators at Eaglecrest High School asked to search his car. Read more at 9NEWS.

Former Broomfield H.S. coach guilty of assaulting student

A former Broomfield High School teacher and wrestling coach was found guilty of sex assault against a student Tuesday, following an investigation that began in April 2010. The Broomfield Police Department began investigation Travis Masse, 29, after receiving information that he was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a student. Check out the KWGN report.

Middle school students sickened by prescription drug

LONE TREE – Four students at Rocky Heights Middle School in Douglas County got sick Friday after taking an unidentified prescription drug. According to Douglas County Public Schools, one of the students brought pills to school and the group swallowed the drugs. Watch the 9NEWS report.

Investigators stumped over high school teacher’s murder

KIOWA – The case of murdered high school teacher Randy Wilson has stumped investigators. DNA evidence has been collected from the scene, but investigators don’t know who it belongs to. Watch the CBS4 report.

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