Teens at Local High School Promoting Healthy Relationships


By Aimee Burnett

BURLEY, Idaho (KMVT-TV) - President Obama declared this month as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month.

Teens at Cassia High School are promoting healthy teen relationships through a series of classes and seminars.

"I think all teens should know about healthy relationships and why they need to be in a healthy relationship," said Alex Andrade, Cassia High School student.

The statistics on teen dating are staggering.

Half of all teens in serious relationships have compromised their beliefs to please their partners.

One in five teens who have been in a serious relationship said their boyfriend or girlfriend threatened to hurt themselves or their partner if there was a breakā€“up.

And, one in five also report they have been hit, slapped or pushed by a partner.

"There are people that are in an abusive relationship and that's not right. It gets me mad actually because you deserve so much better."
Friday, Cassia High School will be spending the day learning what constitutes a healthy relationship.

Senior Micaela Reyes will be giving a seminar on bullying.

"I think everybody has experienced some kind of bullying even if it's in the form of a joke," said Micaela Reyes, Cassia High School student.

"This seems to be a natural pattern with teenagers today. And, I believe our society today is so complex and we raise families differently. And, subsequently these things are manifesting themselves where they weren't so prevalent when I was a teenager," Mayor Terry Greenman, Burley.

"Some kids have grown up around unhealthy relationships and that's what they learn from," said Kristen Castaneda, Cassia High School student.

Mayor Greenman will be making a proclamation Friday, declaring February National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month in Burley.

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