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Online petition seeks to overturn yearbook decision

This is a screen shot of the online petition drive on behalf on Kyle Kenyon, whose classmates want to add a memorial page to the class yearbook.

An online petition has been created to present to Menahga High School administration to reverse its decision on not allowing Kyle Kenyon's memory page in the 2013 MHS yearbook. Kenyon committed suicide earlier this year.

The petition, at, had more than 200 signatures by Friday morning.

"By now most of you have watched the News or have Facebook and have seen or read that there is a problem at the High School," the site reads. "We as a group, in support of our students, would like to explain our position on these issues, clarify events that have brought it to this and try to implement this as a learning tool to be used in prevention of teen suicide for future students."

"The Class of 2013 students requested, and has been denied, there be a Remembrance/Memorial page in their yearbook for Kyle Kenyon, the student who passed away earlier this year, as a reminder in years to come, of whom Kyle was and what he meant to these students. These memories are a very important part of these students' lives. Kyle's death hit this community and the school hard but especially hard with the students of the Class of 2013."

Menahga School administrators denied the request but said it is working to bring awareness to suicide issues. The school is holding a Northern Pines suicide prevention program Monday, Nov. 12 for students in grades 7-12.

The yearbook issue has made regional and national news over the last two weeks, with TV stations from the Twin Cities picking up the story.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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