Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Signs with encouraging messages line the entrance to Shawnee Mission Northwest.

Shawnee Mission Northwest organization collecting donations for families of deceased students. Shawnee Mission Northwest administrators this week communicated to members of the school community that the SMNW Cougars Community Commitment fund is able collect donations to aide the families of the two students who died last week. “Our administrative team and social works have been working closely with the families throughout this time,” principal Lisa Gruman said in a written message. “They want us to share that they are grateful for the many offers of support and kind words. They send their heartfelt thanks.” Anyone interested in making a donation for the families can send it to school’s main office care of SMNW Cougars Community Commitment.

Teens discuss suicide prevention, coping with the loss of a classmate. In the wake of three teen suicides in Kansas City communities this year, WDAF brought together a group of high school students who have experienced suicidal thoughts themselves or had someone close to them take their own life to discuss prevention and coping. [Let’s talk: KC teens affected by suicide have honest conversation about fears and needs — WDAF]

Mission’s Into The Mystic could be targeted for selling CBD oil. Eddie Smith, the owner of the shop Into The Mystic on Johnson Drive in Mission, says he’s “just kind of freaking out” after Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt issued an opinion that cannabidiol, or CBD, products are illegal to sell in Kansas even if they don’t contain any THC. [Kansas attorney general says CBD products illegal, even with no THC — Kansas City Star]

Overturned truck causes major delays on I-35 at Mission Road. Commuters on I-35 northbound at Mission Road experienced major delays Thursday on account of an overturned semi truck hauling explosive gasses that caught fire. The driver was taken to the University of Kansas Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. [NB I-35 at Mission back open after crash involving semi hauling explosive gasses — KSHB]