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Deputies Respond to Assist Self-Harming Student at an Adelanto Charter School

Deputies Respond to Assist Self-Harming Student at an Adelanto Charter School

ADELANTO – Deputies from the Victor Valley/Adelanto Sheriff’s station responded to a call for assistance at the Antelope Valley Learning Academy, formerly known as Alta Vista Public Charter School on Thursday.

At around 11:25 p.m. school officials at the school located at 12100 Palmdale Road, #B6, called 911 to report that a student was cutting himself with a large knife in the parking lot of the school. Several deputies responded to the location to find the 18-year-old male student with multiple lacerations on his arms. With the training and experience of the deputies, they were able to convince the victim to drop the knife.

Emergency medical personnel responded to the school and provided aid to the student and transported him to the hospital for further medical treatment and a psychological evaluation. No other injuries were reported as a result of the incident.

Those who have friends or family members who exhibit self-mutilating behaviors should be aware that “cutters” or others who participate in this behavior typically, contrary to common thinking, are not suicidal and are not injuring themselves for attention.  For many people, especially preteens and teens, cutting or other self-mutilating behaviors are used as a coping mechanism for an extremely painful life event or mental pain so severe it feels unbearable, or as a distraction for severe mental anguish. Those who care about these individuals should offer support including an open ear, a shoulder to cry on, a hug, without judgment or unprofessional advice.


Anyone participating in self-mutilating activities should seek help from the Community Crisis Response Team (CCRT), or should walk in to the local Crisis Walk-In Clinic. Anyone who just needs someone to talk to can call 1-800-273-8255.

 

Crisis Walk-In Clinics

Rialto

Crisis Walk-In Clinic

850 E. Foothill Boulevard

Rialto, CA 92376

Ph: (909) 421-9495 • 7-1-1 for TTY for Users

Fax: (909) 421-9494

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

High Desert

Crisis Walk-In Clinic

Valley Star Behavioral Health, Inc.

12240 Hesperia Road

Victorville, CA 92395

Ph: (760) 245-8837 • 7-1-1 for TTY Users

Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

 

Morongo Basin

Crisis Walk-In Clinic

Valley Star Behavioral Health, Inc.

7293 Dumosa Ave., Suite 2

Yucca Valley, CA 92284

Ph: (855) 365-6558

Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

 

Community Crisis Response Team (CCRT)

 

East Valley

Community Crisis Response Team (CCRT)

 

Rialto, CA 92376

Ph: (909) 421-9233 • Fax: (909) 421-9411

*Pager number (909) 420-0560 (24 hours a day,

7 days a week)

High Desert

Community Crisis Response Team (CCRT)

 

Hesperia, CA 92345

Ph: (760) 956-2345 • Fax: (760) 956-3761

*Pager number (760) 734-8093 (24 hours a day,

7 days a week)

West Valley

Community Crisis Response Team (CCRT)

Ontario, CA 91764

Ph: (909) 458-1517 • Fax: (909) 944-2917

*Pager number (909) 535-1316 (24 hours a day,

7 days a week)

Morongo Basin

Community Crisis Response Team

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Ph: (760) 499-4429

Hours of Operation: Hours vary

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This article was written by a staff member of the 24/7 Headline News Organization

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