Gracie Coyne and Maddie Forman – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – This week the students of LRHS were asked “Why do you believe Red Ribbon Week is important?”
Red Ribbon Week spans from Oct. 23 – 31t. This campaign targets young adults and children to get the message across to stay away from alcohol, drugs, and violence.
Senior Emma Bramley said, “I believe Red Ribbon Week puts out a message to stay drug and alcohol free. It also says that you need to speak up for yourself if you are struggling with an addiction and going through a hard time.”
senior Taylor Estella said, “Red Ribbon Week allows teens to become more aware of the consequences of the use of drugs and alcohol. It shows that there are punishments if you are using these substances illegally.”
There are many ways to get help for yourself or others, but Red Ribbon Week reminds people of the effects these substances can put on your body.
“I think Red Ribbon Week is important because of the violence prevention awareness part in the issue. Many people overlook this topic because they do not believe it is as important,” junior Brianna Folk said. “I believe the meaning of this week will remind teens that have been in a situation with violence to speak up and get help.”
Red Ribbon Week is the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention awareness campaign that millions of people celebrate.
Junior Timothy Sheredy said, “Red Ribbon Week is important to me because I think drug abuse and drunk driving are very serious matters and more people should know about the consequences of making bad choices.”