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Bill seeks mandatory suicide-prevention training BY PAUL MARYNIAK Executive Editor

Alarmed by the rash of teens who took their lives last year in multiple area school districts, state Sen. Sean Bowie has introduced a bill requiring suicide-prevention training for all teachers and staff. Bowie, whose district includes part of Chandler, wants two hours of training in the 2019-2020 school year in all school districts and charter schools for all “counselors, teachers, principals and other school personnel who work with pupils in grades six

through 12.” The bill would require in-person rather than online training and the use of “evidence-based” material – meaning it must be rooted in data, academic research or scientific findings. It would cover suicide prevention, warning signs of suicidal behavior in adolescents and teens and intervention and referral techniques. As reported by AFN in September, seven East Valley teens ages 13 to 18 killed themselves in a six-week period between mid-July and Labor Day last year. In all those

cases, the teens were described as popular, academically successful students. Since that time, at least three other teens in area districts also have taken their lives. There have been three suicides in the last three school years at Corona del Sol High School alone. Among those Corona students was Mitch Warnock, the son of Mountain Pointe High School English teacher Lorie Warnock. The LD 18 Democrat has subtitled his bill “The Mitch Warnock Act.”

“I met with Lorie several times and I wanted to put a story behind this bill and help educate my colleagues on how we’re losing our young people to suicide,” Bowie said. “This is not just a local problem or a state problem,” he added. “This is a national problem.” Warnock agrees. “I am a teacher as well as being Mitch Warnock’s mom,” she said. “What troubles me beyond belief is that in my 26 years See

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Valentines cover more than flowers, candy in Chandler BY COLLEEN SPARKS Staff

Chandler lovers looking for unusual ways to spoil their sweetheart on Valentine’s Day can spice up the occasion with cooking classes or even bringing home a furry friend for some snuggle time. Many Chandler businesses and organizations are offering out-of-the-box gifts instead of candy and flowers found at retail chains. Several provide experiences to help couples create memories while others sell handmade or locally manufactured artwork, jewelry and apparel and still others

offer a chance to help people or animals. The Arizona Animal Welfare League Adoption Center in the Chandler Fashion Center has scheduled a Valentine’s Day Slumber Party. People can pick out a dog at the no-kill shelter any time after 10 a.m., keep them for the night and return them the next morning. It gives people a chance to see if they want to give the dog a “fur-ever” home. “Animals really show off in a home,” said Michael Morefield, welfare league spokesman. “That’s when you really get to see their true personality.” See

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Contest judges triple their award for Chandler girl’s dolls BY PAUL MARYNIAK Executive Editor

A 9-year-old Chandler girl’s business acumen and philanthropic heart so impressed the corporate sponsor of a national contest that it tripled the award intended for the winner. Charlotte Gould won $30,000 in a contest sponsored by Jif Peanut Butter for the dolls she makes for children undergoing surgery. Judges were wowed by her idea, spirit and the more than $23,000 she raised on a crowd-funding site as part of the contest

rules that they threw in another $20,000 on top of the $10,000 they initially earmarked for the grand prize. “We dreamed up Imagine If, With Jif to encourage kids everywhere to pursue their entrepreneurial ideas, and to help bring them to life,” the company said on its website announcing the winner. “After receiving more than 170-plus entries from super-smart and passionate kids everywhere – with an exciting, diverse range of projects centered around our program’s three pillars of kindness, curiosity and See

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Photos by Kimberly Carrillo/Staff Photographer

Chinese spectacular

Elise Yeung is one of 80 students at the Phoenix Wushu Academy in Chandler who will be telling the story of an ancient female warrior in their rendition of “Mulan” next weekend at the Orpheum Theater in Phoenix. The production features costumes in blazing colors and spectacular dance pieces. For details, see page 54.

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