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Students talk social issuesSubmitted: 05/16/2014
Story By Matt Brooks

Students talk social issues
EAGLE RIVER - Adults might deal with tough issues like suicide and depression, but sometimes kids have to deal with them too.

Eighth graders in Eagle River gathered to talk about tough issues today.

The Social Problems Awareness Fair was held at the Northland Pines Middle School.

The kids made posters and summaries to teach people about negative social problems.

Some of the topics ranged from bullying to suicide and the eighth graders had plenty to say about all of them.

Eighth grader Hadlie Kruse studied the problem of teen suicide with her group.

"There's a lot of people in our class that we know are depressed and there's a lot of people that we don't know that are depressed and that are trying to hide it," said Kruse. "There are people around here that have committed suicide recently that we know."

Students worked in groups for the past six weeks to complete their presentations on social issues.

Some students were more emotionally connected to their topics and did their best to raise awareness.

One student felt particularly passionate about the problem of bullying and its negative impacts.

"Some of my family has died of suicide and I'm not too proud about it," said Eighth grader Zach Neddo. "So I would like to try to prevent it the best that I can for other kids or family members losing members of their family. This can then lead to suicide, so you stop bullying, you can stop suicide."

This is the second time Northland Pines Middle School held the Social Problems Awareness Fair.

School leaders want to move presentations to public venues in the future.



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