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Kingsley in northern Michigan is dealing with teen suicide

March 4, 2019

KINGSLEY, Mich. (AP) — Teachers in a small northern Michigan school district are being trained to watch for signs that could alert them to troubled teens.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that three teenagers in the Kingsley area have killed themselves in less than eight months, the latest occurring a month ago.

The public is invited Thursday to watch “The Ripple Effect,” the story of a 19-year-old man who survived a fall from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Kevin Hines now is a motivational speaker and mental health advocate.

Kingsley Superintendent Keith Smith says “things have kind of returned to normal” in the Grand Traverse County community. But he also tells the newspaper that emotions “don’t just go away.”

A parent information night about suicide is planned for April 3.

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Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, http://www.record-eagle.com