Kid the in Corner bulletin board at Shea Middle School

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Valley woman embarks on mission to prevent youth suicide after the loss of her son

Wednesday , September 11 , 2019

As the work marks World Suicide Prevention Day on Tuesday, a Valley mom has made it her mission to prevent youth suicide, after her son took his own life.

"These past two years have been tough," said Francine Sumner. It was just over two years ago when Sumner's son, Zach, took his own life at the age of 16.

At Shea Middle School in Phoenix, a "Kid In The Corner" bulletin board is displayed in the cafeteria. A student took their own life last year, and principal Scott Lawrence wanted to do something.

"That incident and a few others has influenced my thinking, that I want Shea here to be a place where we give kids the tools necessary to deal with hard things in their lives," said Lawrence.

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