Schools Need Guidance and Support to Prevent Youth Violence and Associated Risks Like Suicide

Testimony to Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools & School Security


Students in Texas face a wide range of challenges that threaten their health, safety, and education including things like: a lack of connection to their schools and caring adults; a history of physical or emotional trauma; untreated depression; and a lack of skills in managing emotions, coping with stress, and making responsible decisions. These challenges increase the likelihood that students will harm themselves or others. The Texas Legislature should provide school districts with guidance, resources, and technical assistance to implement school-wide prevention and intervention strategies that address common underlying factors associated with violence in schools, including suicide.