On Feb. 16, Oak Harbor DECA members hosted a forum to discuss teen dating violence. Students were invited during lunch to participate in the event. The purpose of the event was to create awareness about the issue of teen dating violence
Ottawa County Sheriff Deputy George Byington presented several sessions to approximately 200 students. Byington discussed legal issues associated with dating violence. He also explained what teens should do if they are being stalked or if they are a victim of other violent acts. Students learned how they can help others who are involved in unhealthy relationships and were able to ask questions at the end of each session.
This event was one of many activities planned for students during the Oak Harbor DECA Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Week. This week was part of a public relations campaign entitled “Break the Silence, End the Violence.” This project was developed to educate students and community members about ways to prevent both teen dating and domestic violence. The campaign managers for this project are Shelby Wilkins, Kurtis Tallman and Taylor St. Clair.