FREMONT -- When a school year starts, children of all ages experience a number of firsts. For the Fremont Unified School District, which begins classes Wednesday, this year's opening day will be its first after adopting a resolution recognizing the importance of preventing teen dating violence.
The school board voted July 25 to proclaim next February the district's Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. The resolution's approval was much more than a symbolic gesture, said Erin Daly, of SAVE, a Fremont-based nonprofit dedicated to assisting domestic violence survivors.
"Fremont now is one of four school districts in California to officially say teen dating violence is a major issue and we're trying to stop it," Daly said.
According to SAVE, national statistics underscore the resolution's importance:
James Morris, superintendent of Fremont schools, said the resolution gave the district a deadline with which to encourage
Teen dating violence is tied somewhat to the larger issue of bullying and the district aims to address peer pressure and other social issues that many students face, Morris said.
"We want to raise awareness among staff and students; we're trying to change the culture," he said. "We have really good schools but we have a responsibility to develop the next generation of students so that they have good character, too."
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