February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness month and Harlandale High School is taking a stand by participating in the week-long ‘Love is Respect’ campaign.
The special week kicked-off with a skit from the theatre department showcasing examples of abusive relationships, followed by a presentation from the San Antonio Police Department Family Unit.
SAPD screened a video highlighting the dangers of being in an abusive relationship and spoke to the students about how to recognize the signs.
Different activities hosted by the counseling center during lunchtime helped raise awareness about teen dating violence.
“Schools are in a unique position to influence, motivate and lead children and youth,” HHS Social Worker Michael Bustos said.
Art I students spent the morning of Feb. 16 creating a chalk mural that read ‘Love is Respect’. During lunch time, everyone was encouraged to trace their hands along the mural to pledge that their hands will not hurt others.
Additional activities throughout the week included a hula hoop contest and a jump roping contest.
“It’s important to get the students interested to get the message out,” Bustos said. “In the counseling center, we want to make sure that students are aware of what a positive relationship looks like and an abusive relationship looks like.”