Starting October 28th and ending November 1st, students and teachers participated in Red Ribbon Week to show school spirit and to also show drug, alcohol, tobacco and violence prevention awareness.
“It was fun seeing a lot of people doing the most and just representing the topic of the day,” Jayda Reece said.
Red Ribbon Week was created because of the death of a DEA agent and parents got angry. In order to raise awareness to the killing and destruction of drugs in the United States people started wearing red ribbons as a commitment.
“I think it's just fun for the students just to get us motivated to come to school but I don’t think teens really listen and pay attention to the point that it’s supposed to raise awareness for drug use and things like that so I don’t really think it teaches them anything,” Reece said.
The purpose of red ribbon week is to take a stand against alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs. It may be effective for some schools or students but it may not be for others. Another way it could be more effective is if the parents also get involved and talk to their child or children about illegal drug use and what it could do to you.
~Janine Alapag- Staff Writer