CARLOW, IRELAND — Education Minister Ruairi Quinn claims that Depressed or suicidal teens are just as likely to confide in the school caretaker as they are a guidance counselor, according to The Nationalist.
Quinn, a former teacher, makes the assertion after government cuts to guidance counsel services, insisting that a whole-school approach can lead to “early intervention and prevent the kind of tragedies seen over recent months,” the article stated.
"If somebody trusts a teacher and something has happened, and I know this myself from having taught in third level, they will go to the person with whom they feel most comfortable," Quinn said.
"It could be the cleaner, it could be the maintenance man or it could be the physical education or sports teacher," Quinn added.
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