Pastor and Congressman, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, Urges President Obama to Tackle Rise in Black Child Suicides

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) in 2014  JULIE DENESHA/GETTY IMAGES
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) in 2014

After a recent shocking report revealing a near doubling in suicide rates for African-American children, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) is calling on President Barack Obama to focus on the issue.

Cleaver is asking the president to create a task force between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Education.

“Suicide is truly a tragedy for any family it affects,” said Cleaver in a statement Thursday. “There is something especially saddening and shocking when very young children, between the ages of 5 and 11, take their own lives.

“I urge the president and his Cabinet to identify proposals that health care and education providers can implement to deal with this heart-wrenching crisis, and to prevent further loss of life,” the Missouri congressman, who is also a Methodist pastor, continued.

The study, “Suicide Trends Among Elementary School-Aged Children in the United States From 1993 to 2012,” published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, revealed that the suicide rate among African-American children has almost doubled in the last two decades.

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Source: The Root | 

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