Program educates on body safety


Photo by Carter Hanefeld

On Tuesday, Seniors Talon Ewing and Grace Pittsley discuss, among other things, the Lure video in the CCA after school.

During SMaRT period on Nov. 25, the school showed a video from the Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse and Suicide, which tried to educate the student populace on body safety. From teaching about healthy vs. unhealthy relationships to showcasing the different kinds of “lures” a predator can use in order to trap victims, the program covered a wide variety of topics. However, the students weren’t as receptive to the program as the administration might have hoped.

“For me personally, I didn’t really find it all that interesting, mainly because we watched pretty much the same thing last year,” said Senior Josh Ibey.

While this may seem disheartening at first, not all students were as quick to dismiss the video and its message.

“I do understand maybe showing it to freshmen or sophomores,” said senior Adam Norton. “Maybe they could show it every other year to the underclassmen.”

While the upperclassmen are bored because of this redundancy they experienced, the acknowledgment of the video’s purpose is a good sign and evidence that issues involving suicide, abuse, and harassment are finally being acknowledged. As the Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse and Suicide states on their website, teens are three times as likely to be a victim of rape, sexual abuse, or sexual assault than adults. So, while the reaction might be less than stellar, the consensus seems to be that it still serves a purpose.