THS staff receive commendation for suicide prevention program

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During the “Good News” portion of Monday night’s Tecumseh School Board meeting, Lenawee County Community Mental Health representative Katherine Szewczuk read a proclamation and presented an award to staff and administrators of Tecumseh High School (THS) for a program on suicide prevention that the school had presented to the student body earlier in the year.

“It was a marvelous program and one that can serve as a good example for other schools,” Szewczuk said. “Suicide prevention programs like Tecumseh’s are critical because they get students talking about prevention, and when they are talking about it, it becomes easier to seek help if it’s needed.”

Szewczuk told the trustees that suicide is the third leading cause of death of 10-to-24 year olds and results in grave consequences regardless of whether the attempt is successful or not. She also commended the entire school district for the work it has done on its anti-bullying policies, mentioning in particular the efforts of THS special education and health teacher Kristalyn Musselman.

The anti-bullying program was presented on Oct. 20, National Bullying Prevention Day. The THS program was titled “Bullying Stops with Me” and students showed their support by wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan.

Musselman said at the time, “Name-calling, gossip, and verbal bullying seem to be the biggest issues we face in our school and are types of behavior we would like to see go away.”

THS principal Griff Mills and assistant principal Angel Mensing were both instrumental in planning the suicide prevention and anti-bullying programs. They accepted the award Monday night on behalf of those who worked to make the programs possible.

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