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Exeter-Area Schools Focusing on Suicide Prevention

Several students have died by suicide in recent years.

Local school officials are continuing to educate students and staff about suicide prevention following several student deaths in recent years.

"We're trying to be as supportive as we can to the people in our community," Superintendent Michael Morgan told the Exeter-area School Board Tuesday.

Last year, an Exeter High School sophomore died by suicide. In 2011, a freshman also died by suicide.

School Board Chairman Dave Miller has said suicide prevention efforts are one of the board's top priorities.

School officials and community leaders have held several forums offering education about suicide prevention. One forum earlier this month at the Cooperative Middle School in Stratham drew about 125 people, Morgan said.

Another forum has been scheduled for April for local principals to meet and form a task force to deal with the issue of student suicide.

School officials have posted related information on the school district website under "Resources for Sudden Trauma."

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Jason Claffey January 23, 2013 at 03:28 PM
"I think come the begining of the school year there should be a rally for the students to discuss suicide." –Angela Sullivan via Facebook

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