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

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.