By Michael Janofsky 

November 13, 2016


More than 5,000 incidents of suicidal behavior were reported in Los Angeles

Unified in the last school year, an exponential jump from the 255 reported

in 2010-2011 when the district, California's largest, began tracking such




The cases were cited in the district's latest Incident System Tracking

Accountability Report, or iStar, an annual review of troubling incidents

that occurred in district schools during the academic year. The list

includes such things as injuries, accidents, fighting and inappropriate

sexual behavior. The suicidal behavior rate, which has increased annually,

tracks with rising episodes reported of depression among young people but

also an expanding tool kit for dealing with it.