Dr. Gonzalo Bacigalupe, president of the American Family Therapy Academy, a professor of Counseling and School Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston and a Newton parent, offers a harsh indictment of the Newton Public Schools handling of recent suicides and school stress on WBUR’s CommonHealth blog.  

Despite the communal expressions of grief, this past Monday, the day of the funeral of Roee Grutman, many of his classmates, friends, and acquaintances … did not participate in this important event because most of the school kept all academic activities unchanged, including, for example, midyear exams.

..and Bacigalupe criticizes the schools for not seeking more parental input…

I’ve seen that parents are not regularly asked for their input. More opportunities for parents to interact meaningfully rather than just hold speed interviews with teachers once or twice a year could be valuable.

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