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Erie, PA: Schools report 'explosion' of mental health/behavioral issues

Feb 3, 2018, Erie, PA, Go Erie: Student mental-health issues swell at Erie-area schools http://www.goerie.com/news/20180203/student-mental-health-issues-swell-at-erie-area-schools Educators: More students are anxious or depressed and are acting out in school. Local schools are battling an “explosion” of student mental-health and behavioral issues this school year. An increasing number of students are depressed or anxious and are disrespecting teachers, withdrawing, refusing to do classwork or belittling other students, even in elementary grades, local schools superintendents said. “This fall it seemed like there was an explosion of mental-health needs and behavioral problems that we had not experienced before,” General McLane Superintendent Rick Scaletta said. “It’s like a pot of boiling water that’s had a lid on it, and the lid’s blown off.” Problem behaviors: Disrespect, disregard, disengagement … Most noticeable is that more young children are misbehaving, North East schools Superintendent Frank McClard said. “When they’re asked to do simple things like sit down or pay attention, there’s a lot more open defiance,” McClard said. “We’re definitely seeing an increase in some of these issues, in kindergarten and first grade especially.”...