Students take pledge to end dating violence

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LAREDO, Texas (KGNS) - With February being known as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, some local students are spreading awareness on the issue.

Students from the Vidal M. Trevino Magnet School are raising awareness on teen dating violence through several activities planned during the week.

On Tuesday, members of an organization called Girl Up, On Campus were handing out orange bands to raise awareness on the matter.

The organization spoke to students on the importance of being in a safe and healthy relationship.

Zoe Melendez from the organization says, "For example, we have a mural so we have the student body paint their hands orange and then we press them against the mural and write their name by it, essentially taking a pledge not to partake in dating violence."

The Girl Up Chapter advises all teens to ask for help and be open up dating violence.

They recommend it’s good to reach out to a friend, family or educator no matter how embarrassed they may be.

If you or someone you know is experiencing any type of abuse you can visit speakup.org.