Local high school students use skits to tackle tough topics

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- "I really like how this was approved for us because most of the time people don't like to talk about these things or we're not allowed to show them in school because they're inappropriate or too harsh of topics," said Sophomore Patience Sims.

Monday morning at Black River Falls High School, 27 students in the Students Teaching Respect In Peer Educating Skits class put on a show that they hope left an impact.

"I had some people come up to me and say this is really beneficial, I definitely got something out of it. I had people come up to me crying and saying I needed to hear this today, like this has brightened my day up and opened my eyes to the student body who has been going through stuff," said Sophomore Eric Wojtalewicz.

The class put on 13 different skits, ranging from sending nude photos to getting sexually assaulted and many more tough topics high school students might face.

Students from the class incorporated aspects from their real lives into the skits.

"The most difficult, and the most meaningful one to me, was the suicide awareness one because it goes way back to when my brother committed suicide. Ever since the beginning of the school year, and even last year, I've been trying to do something like this to bring awareness about the topic because it is a serious topic," said Sims.

The students have been working on these skits for two months, and was the first time a STRIPES class had done something like this at Black River Falls.

Made up of freshman thru seniors, they say STRIPES is an open community and a place for all students to express themselves.

"I would never have gotten to experience this, I never would have gotten to get my ideas out there and I never would have been able to make such amazing friends like each and every one of you," said Junior Kiera Rosenberg.

The class hopes that skits like this can continue in the future, and help bring light to important topics students face.

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