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SURVEY FINDS MANY U.S. TEENS CONTEMPLATE SUICIDE

CHICAGO A survey released Thursday of some of the brightest
U.S. teenagers found that nearly a fourth of them had considered committing suicide, mostly because of depression and school pressures.
The annual poll by the publishers of Who's Who Among American High School Students'' also found, as in years past, that most admitted cheating during their academic careers.
The survey detected as well high levels of racial and sexual intolerance.
The survey covered 3,123 high-achieving students aged 16 to 18, all of whom had an A'' or B'' average and 97 percent of whom planned to attend college.  Among the findings:
46 percent knew someone their own age who had tried to commit suicide and 24 percent had considered it themselves. General depression and

school pressures were cited as the main reasons the thought had crossed their minds.
22 percent had witnessed a student attacking a teacher in school and 16 percent said they had seen gang fights in school.
80 percent admitted cheating, slightly higher than in a similar survey last year. The most common deception, they said, was copying someone else's homework, though 40 percent said they had also cheated on a quiz or test.
48 percent of the students said they were prejudiced against homosexuals and 15 percent said they were prejudiced against blacks and Hispanics.
24 percent reported that their families ate dinner together every day and 41 percent said their mother had started working when they were under the age of three.

SOURCE: REUTERS, November 13, 1998