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Lesson Plans

Future Texas Art Teachers

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Julie C. Van Camp (jvancamp)
Mon, 5 Feb 1996 17:19:46 -36803936 (PST)

TO: Future Texas Art Teachers
RE: self-destructive imagery

Although this does not address your entire question, I wanted to note the
importance of taking very seriously the warning signs of a student in
trouble (whether in their art or elsewhere), especially hints that a
student is suicidal. Teen suicide is a national tragedy and those of us
in the classroom are on the front lines in spotting the warning signs. At
my campus (California State University, Long Beach), all new faculty
attend an orientation session on how to spot signs of potential suicides
among our students. They urge us not to hesitate to immediately contact
the campus' professional suicide counsellors, who carry beepers
24-hours-a-day. I have on several occasions discovered horrifying
"suicide notes" when I was grading a final exam and I was on the phone
immediately to have the campus send professional help. Many, perhaps
most, of us have experienced the horror of learning that a student or
former student has committed suicide. If your school does not have a
suicide hot-line/intervention plan, I would urge that you encourage them
to establish one. -- Julie Van Camp