Middle Schoolers Love Texting, One Direction, And Making PSAs Against Teen Dating Violence

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teen-shouting-into-megaphoneWe often hear about teens being self-absorbed and uninvolved, but one amazing group of middle school girls is blowing that stereotype out of the water. According to Jezebel, six girls from East Texas are actively working to reform legislation and radically alter the way their state deals with teen dating violence, and it all began with a YouTube video.

The middle schoolers were assigned a community outreach project through Destination Imagination, an organization whose mission is to inspire students to find creative solutions to real problems, and they decided to use the resources available to them to make a PSA about teen dating violence.

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The girls say taking on the issue of teen dating violence was a no-brainer, as they’re confronted with stories about it on a regular basis.

The girls say they hear hallway gossip about boys who’ve called their girlfriends fat, and classmates who’ve threatened self-harm to avoid a breakup. They hope the video will alert their friends and peers to the fact that no one has to stay in a potentially damaging relationship.

They hoped the PSA would educate their peers and encourage people in bad situations to seek help, but the response they got was much bigger. The middle schoolers met with Texas state legislators last week in an effort to reform an old bill that requires Texas schools to have policies in place for confronting teen dating violence and educating students about the problem.

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