Michigan Family's Grief Leads to New Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Livingston County couple began campaigning for schools to have suicide warning and depression awareness programs soon after their son killed himself in 2003.

Their effort reached a milestone recently when Gov. Granholm approved a law that encourages schools to set up such programs.

The new law is called the Chase Edwards Law after a former Brighton area middle school student whose death inspired the legislation.

His parents, Jeff and Laura Edwards, want to make sure schools do what they can to prevent future teen suicides.

The Michigan Department of Education is expected to come up with a model curriculum for schools to use.

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