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Johnson County teens lead the way in preventing suicide

Johnson County schools have found success in a suicide prevention effort where teenagers help each other through mental health problems. Plus, the families of students in the Independence School District say they're frustrated by a lack of transparency.

Four years after Johnson County school superintendents started a program to prevent teen suicides, students say it’s actually helping. As KCUR’s Laura Ziegler reports, Zero Reasons Why began after a rise in teen suicides has already contributed to a decline in suicides and an increase in young people reaching out for help.

Families of students in the Independence School District have been frustrated by what they say is a lack of transparency from their school board. As KCUR’s Jodi Fortino reports, those concerns are bubbling over as Independence considers switching to a four-day school week.

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