(The Hill) The city of San Francisco says the number of suicidal children hit record highs as public schools remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Last week, the city took an unprecedented step and sued its own school district over the continued closures that have kept San Francisco’s more than 54,000 public school students out of the classroom since March 2020.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera argued in the lawsuit that reopening was safe and the San Francisco Unified School District was hurting students’ mental health by keeping the facilities closed. The lawsuit also said school officials have yet to deliver a detailed plan for reopening, which is required by law.
In a motion filed in San Francisco Superior Court Thursday, Herrera provided testimony from hospitals and parents on the mental health effects the closures are allegedly having on children, according to The Associated Press (AP).
The lawsuit claims UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital has seen a 66 percent increase in the number of suicidal children who visited emergency rooms and a 75 percent increase in children who required hospitalization for…
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Editor’s Note. This article was written by Joseph Guzman and published at the Hill. Title changed by Protestia.
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