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Posted January 27, 2015

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Author Talks with La Cueva Students about Bullying

This week's visit by Jay Asher was part of his 50 States Against Bullying tour.

Jay Asher, an award-winning New York Times best-selling novelist whose book deals with bullying and suicide, spoke to La Cueva students this morning as part of a national tour—“50 States Against Bullying.”

Organized to help teens talk about suicide and how to prevent it, Asher is visiting one school in each state to discuss his book, Thirteen Reasons Why.

La Cueva librarian Gerri Barnhart introduced Asher and coordinated his visit to La Cueva, which was an activity of the school’s Safe School Ambassadors, anti-bullying student group, and co-sponsored by Bookworks, a local bookstore.

Asher’s book will be used in La Cueva health classes to start a dialogue about bullying and suicide.

During his presentation, Asher talked about the warning signs of suicide including dramatic changes to a young person’s appearance or personality, withdrawal and talking about considering ending their life.

Students also got the opportunity to ask Asher questions and have their books signed by the author.

Asher praised the faculty, staff and students of La Cueva. “They take this issue—both bullying and suicide—seriously and know that it needs to be talked about,” he said.

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