Durant students spread word against abusive relationships

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DURANT,OK---Students at Durant High School came together Thursday to raise awareness on abusive relationships.

"The key is just to open their eyes to what a healthy relationship looks like." said Tascha Bond.

Thursday Durant High School students came together to take a stand against abusive relationships.

"We're trying to portray what an ideal relationship looks like with good communication and verbal skills along with trust and honesty." said Kaley Green.

Tascha Bond is the DECA sponsor at the high school. She organized the event, because she says many students may not recognize signs of trouble in a relationship.

"Some of the relationships we are in are very emotionally, physically, psychologically abusive." said Bond.

So the DECA members spent the day handing out information about what is healthy. Dozens of students also signed a pledge to stop abuse. Mat Maxwell helped put together the event.

"I think this may just raise a red flag for somebody out there maybe, just make them aware of the situation." said Maxwell.

Durant Mayor Jerry Tomlinson also signed a formal proclamation...designating february as teen dating violence prevention and awareness month, he praised the students for getting involved in the campaign.

"One can't help but think that positive things will happen as a result of this awareness creation." said Tomlinson.

"Nearly one and three teens are in these kind of relationships." said Sarah Carpenter.

Sarah Carpenter is a counselor at Durant High School.

"We see kids in here all the time that have the warning signs of an abusive relationship." said Carpenter.

Bond says it's also easy to overlook those warning signs...especially around valentines day. She hopes her students take this message to heart.

"It's not just a one day thing, and I think that's key, when you talk about it one day one time it kind of goes in one ear and out the other that's why we continue this message throughout the entire year." said Bond.

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