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Suicide prevention posters spark controversy at Hartford Union High School

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HARTFORD, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Student-made posters are causing a controversy at Hartford Union High School.

Students say posters promoting suicide prevention were taken down by school administrators. 

Students at Hartford Union High School claim they were told they couldn't display the posters because they're offensive. However, the district officials say it was out of respect. 

The controversial suicide prevention posters are filled with positive affirmations, like "you are loved," "you matter," and "be kind." A student came up with the concept to honor another student who committed suicide a few months ago.

"He deserves to be remembered, and we want to prevent any further lives from being taken because people feel like nobody is there for them," said student Jenna Mann. 

But once school officials found out, they began removing them. Students are upset.

"We don't understand, they don't understand, why they can't put up something that is going to make more people aware," Jenna said.

In a statement, the district superintendent said:

"It was explained, and supported through research, that schools should use extreme caution in supporting publications that reference specific individuals or events."

Because the posters named the students, the school felt it was best to not display them out of respect for his family.

Despite that explanation, many students still feel it's hypocritical for the school to allow posters on other controversial issues.

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