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Suicide prevention now part of state’s school safety debate

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By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via East Valley Tribune

An area legislator’s proposal to require that teachers get mandatory training in suicide prevention has been revived as part of Gov. Doug Ducey’s plan to improve school safety in Arizona schools.

But Ducey’s proposal has divided Democrats and Republicans over whether its proposed limitations on gun access and possession go too far or not far enough.

Hoping to corral the votes for his school safety plan, Ducey last week agreed to some changes in key provisions that would allow judges to take away someone’s guns, at least on a temporary basis.

The new bill still allows courts to issue Severe Orders of Protection, authorizing police to seize any weapons while people are evaluated to see if they are a threat to themselves or others. And, depending on a mental health evaluation, those affected could be barred from purchasing or possessing guns.

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