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Published: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Donna Wagner (left) and Blythe Miller have made efforts to raise suicide awareness.

Thumbs up: Blythe Miller and Donna Wagner want no other parents to go through the pain of losing a child to suicide.

The mothers of Batavia High School students should be preparing for their kids’ graduations this year, as both Quincee Ariel Barnes-Miller and Dylan Wagner were members of the Class of 2013. Instead, they are promoting suicide awareness.

Dylan took his life during his freshman year.

Months later, Quincee did the same, during her sophomore year.

Miller and Wagner are part of a Suicide Awareness Community Assembly, which is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Batavia High School gym.

It is impressive that they can think of others as they continue to endure such difficult times in their lives. And both are hoping their message gets through to those who need to hear it.

Wagner didn’t know her son was depressed, but said he had told some friends. She plans to urge students in similar situations to tell adults who are involved, stressing how serious that message can be.

Miller said she’s fighting to remove the stigma of suicide. She said she’s not ashamed to talk about how Quincee died, and that such situations never will get better if people are afraid to talk about them.

We applaud their efforts. And we hope their message is heard, loud and clear.

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