Herbert signs legislation to prevent teen suicide

MAGNA, Utah (AP) — Gov. Gary Herbert visited a high school in the Salt Lake City suburb of Magna to discuss teen suicide with students and to sign legislation designed to prevent it.

Herbert on Friday heard suggestions about how to deal with the issue from students at Cypress High, which has been rocked by a string of suicides in recent years.

Herbert signed three bills designed to help prevent teen bullying and suicide, including one to require school districts and charter schools to implement suicide prevention programs for junior high and high school students.

The Legislature passed the bills earlier this year after a series of high-profile teen suicides in the state, including one involving a 14-year-old boy who shot himself in front of some of his classmates in Taylorsville in December.

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