This may sound trivial and even uncaring but I need to vent this anyway. I have two young students, one age 12 the other 14, that have made serious attempts at ending their life within this past week. They were both admitted into the psych wing of the hospital for evaluation. The older of the two was diagnosed as psychotic and hears voices telling him to harm himself in various ways, including suicide. The other is still on suicide watch and I know she has what was described with a "heavy diagnosis" (all the information I am allowed to be told). Both will be on a new regimen of medication. Here is my issue. They will be released on Monday. On Wednesday I take my band on a trip that lasts for 4 days. We have competitions and high stress performances throughout this time period I have 30 students and one adult that takes the trip. These two students are members of the travelling group and I am to take them with me. School counselor feels it is "in their best interest" to go. I am concerned that it is too soon. I know what it is like the first days after being released from the psych ward. It is not an easy transition and who knows how the meds will affect these kids. They are also rooming with 3 other kids their own age. Kids that do not understand what is going on and are unaware of what has happened (privacy). So many things could go wrong. I would feel differently if I had trained professionals in the group to help monitor these two young people but I don't have anything of the sort. My worst fear is that one, or both, attempt again or, at the very least, have increased suicidal thoughts and the effects this will have on my other students. As a parent I would not want this for my child on either side. I would be afraid to send my child away for 4 days after only being home from a situation like that for two days. I can't even tell the other adult with me that we have a situation which needs to be closely monitored. Just what are they thinking!!?????