A.M. notes: LDS Church meets with NAACP; Herriman forum talks teen suicide; NBA Draft prospect praise Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY — Here’s a look at the news for May 18.


LDS Church meets with NAACP

Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met with leaders from the NAACP on Thursday to call for an end to racial and ethnic prejudice, according to the Deseret News.

The two sides met at the Church Administration Building near Temple Square, where they called for more racial and ethnic harmony in the future.

LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson said he hoped to explore ways in which NAACP members could work with the church on education and humanitarian work.

“Today, in unity with such capable and impressive leaders as the national officials of the NAACP,” President Nelson said, “we are impressed to call on people of this nation, and indeed, the entire world, to demonstrate greater civility, racial and ethnic harmony and mutual respect.”

This is the first time the two organizations have met officially.


Herriman forum brings advice to parents

About 400 people met at a middle school in Herriman Thursday night to talk about new ways to address teen anxiety and suicidal thoughts with their children, the Deseret News reported.

“We’re scared. And that’s OK. We can be scared and worried and make a difference, and we can evolve,” said Heidi Swapp, who said her son was anxious and depressed before he died.

The event comes as Herriman deals with the aftermath of several teen suicides over the past year.

The forum was created as a way to help parents address suicidal behavior.

“This event tonight is not going to end suicide or suicidal behavior in Herriman, but it’s a start,” said Michael Staley, the Utah medical examiner’s suicide prevention research coordinator.


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Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News


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