Suicide prevention advocates brace for ‘copycats’

When a beautiful actress recommends using a particular shampoo, or a macho action movie star drives a specific model of car, the public listens. Many may follow the famous person’s example.

That’s why companies hire the famous, the beautiful, the influential to deliver their message to the public.

When famous people commit suicide, mental health and suicide prevention advocates always brace for “copycat” suicides from those who were teetering on the edge and find an unfortunate source of encouragement from someone they admired.

Most Avoyelles Parish schools to require see-through backpacks

There are only a few changes to the dress code for the Avoyelles Parish School District, but one is likely to rile some parents while the other may be seen as a relief.

First, the big news.

Seven schools will require clear or mesh backpacks -- Avoyelles and Marksville high schools and Bunkie, Cottonport, Marksville, Plaucheville and Riverside elementaries.

That means your son’s Thomas the Train backpack and your daughter’s Disney Princess backpack will have to be retired.

The requirement is part of an increased concern for school security.

Delhi examines improvements to town park

Delhi Mayor Jesse Washington has submitted an application to the National Park Service for consultation assistance on behalf of the Town of Delhi to prepare a master plan for Delhi City Park. 

RTCA has visited the site and identified potential additional outdoor recreation opportunities. The park is located on Highway 80 West in Delhi.

Ideas for the park include a place to launch kayaks and canoes, an asphalt walking trail, exercise stations along the trail, pavilions for family picnics, a dog park, a splash pad for children.


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