Focus at Four: How to spot depression warning signs in your child – First at 4


STUDENT IS IN JUVENILE DETENTION AFTER HE WAS WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED AFTER AFTER TEACHERS AND STAFF FOUND A GUN IN THE STUDENT’S BACKPACK AT SCHOOL. A NOTE WAS FOUND IN A BOYS’ RESTROOM THAT SAID A STUDENT HAD A GUN ON THE CAMPUS. THE DISTRICT SAYS BAGS AND LOCKERS OF THOSE FIVE WERE SEARCHED WHEN A TEACHER FOUND A HANDGUN IN THE BAG OF ONE OF FIVE SUSPECTS. THE 15 YEAR OLD STUDENT REPORTEDLY ADMITTED TO WANTING TO USE THE WEAPON, AND SAID THE GUN BELONGED TO HIS FATHER. SEPTEMBER IS SUICIDE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION MONTH. TONIGHT, AGGIES FOR LIVING WILL HOST A WALK FOR SUICIDE AWARENESS ON A&M’S CAMPUS AT RUDDER PLAZA. THAT EVENT STARTS AT 7:30, WITH THE WALK BEGINNING AT 8. IN ADDITION TO THE WALK, A CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL IS PLANNED AND BEAR WITH ME, I AM GOING SOMEWHERE WITH THIS – AND IT’S THIS QUESTION: HOW DO YOU, AS A PARENT, TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR CHILD BEING UPSET OR MOODY AS KIDS CAN SOMETIMES BE – OR – DESPRESSED, TO THE POINT OF DOING SOMETHING TO HURT THEMSELVES OR OTHERS. IT IS THE TOUGHEST OF QUESTIONS AND ONE WITH FRIGHTENING IMPLICATIONS. THAT’S WHY WE HAVE DR. FRANCES KIMBROUGH, A CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST IN BRYAN WHO’S GOING TO HELP US WORK THROUGH THIS. DR. KIMBROUGH, TOO MANY TIMES WE HEAR FROM PARENTS OF CHILDREN WHO RESORT TO VIOLENCE – WHETHER ON THEMSELVES OR OTHERS – THAT LATER SAY, “I DIDN’T KNOW HOW UPSET THEY WERE – I THOUGHT THEY WERE JUST BEING A MOODY, HORMONAL TEENAGER.” WHICH OF COURSE, THAT’S A POSSIBILITY! SO WHAT ARE SOME SIGNS THAT YOUR CHILD MAY BE FEELING A MORE SERIOUS KIND OF SADNESS? WHAT ARE SOME THINGS THAT CAN HAPPEN IN A CHILD’S LIFE THAT CAN TRIGGER VIOLENT EVENTS? WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU SUSPECT YOUR CHILD MAY BE CONSIDERING VIOLENCE, WHETHER THROUGH SUICIDE OR SOME OTHER FORM? BULLYING SEEMS TO OFTEN BE A FACTOR, WE SEE IN NATIONAL NEWS STORIES. WHAT ARE SOME SIGNS YOUR CHILD MAY BE A VICTIM OF BULLYING? OR WHAT ARE SOME QUESTIONS YOU CAN ASK TO DRAW OUT THOSE ANSWERS?

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