Utah lawmakers call for focus on teen suicide

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers are introducing measures they hope will cut down on bullying and prevent teen suicides.

A pair of bills from Republican Rep. Gage Froerer of Huntsville and Democrat Sen. Luz Robles of Salt Lake City would make it mandatory for school officials to notify parents in writing if their children are involved in bullying or a suicide threat.

Under the bill, parents would sign off to acknowledge the incident.

The push follows a recent surge of teen suicides in Utah, including a 14-year-old boy who shot himself on near a Taylorsville middle school in front of a few fellow students in December.

David Phan's family members say he was gay and a victim of school bullying.

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