By Jim Walsh | East Valley Tribune
Alarmed by the continuing heartbreak caused by teen suicide, the grassroots movement to fight the problem is expanding throughout the East Valley.
The latest example was in Queen Creek, where about 20-25 parents and others seeking to prevent more deaths held a “Kids Count” rally outside Queen Creek High School in the wake of a fourth suicide last weekend. The parents held signs saying, “Reach out, we care,” “You are important,” and “Kids matter.”
The grassroots effort will continue this week, when a conference aimed at preventing teen suicide will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Ahwatukee’s Desert Vista High School, as the Tempe Unified School District attempts to take further steps in addressing the problem.