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Study: Up to 12 percent of DC high school students attempted suicide

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Up to 12 percent of high school students in D.C. say they've attempted suicide in the past year, compared to the national average of 6.3%.

The figures were released Tuesday by the District Office of the State Superintended of Education.

According to a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control last fall, between 8 and 12 percent of DCPS students in middle and high school have tried to take their own lives.

Marc Caposino, a spokesperson for the D.C. superintendent’s office, says the data is used to develop suicide prevention programs at local schools.

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