Breckenridge students are recognized for tackling a difficult topicBreckenridge, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Students in Breckenridge, Minnesota have tackled the "hush-hush" topic of suicide and a video they worked on for months has now earned them the top award in a Minnesota Suicide Prevention Competition. The project, for some, became very personal.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
As high school sophomores, hallway talk usually focuses on text messages and Facebook updates. But this Breckenridge group of students has taken on a powerful topic this year, preventing young people from taking their life.
“Let people know that suicide is really serious and you can be that friend that makes a difference and help them out if you see something wrong.”
“It is a very serious thing and you want to prevent as much as we can.”
And while most of the students have not experienced loss from suicide, one students has and in a very profound way.
“I hope they learn that suicide is not the right answer.”
As a toddler, Jordan Krause lost his father to suicide. Then recently, his brother John, then a senior in high school here in Breckenridge.
“It affects a lot of people.”
Jordan joined his classmates in producing the first place award video which has been selected to educate students state-wide about suicide prevention.
“So proud, so proud it is hard to put it words.”
Adviser Kristie Sullivan says the students worked countless hours on the project. The unknown may be this.
“We may never know but if it helps one person, it is worth it.”
The good news, thousands of students will now see this and most important are the lives it may save. The students were recently awarded and recognized at the state high school basketball tournament in the Twin Cities.