Bill Mitchell spoke to students for the past two years about his daughter. Here is the story from their website www.kristinskrusade.org:
In 2005, Bill and Michele Mitchell lost their only daughter Kristin, then 21, when her boyfriend stabbed her in a fit of rage three weeks after she graduated from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
Women ages 16 to 24 experience the highest rate of dating violence - almost three times the national average - according to the Bureau of Justice. "Domestic violence doesn't have a face or an age," says Bill Mitchell. "It can happen to anybody."
Since Kristin's death, the Kristin Mitchell Foundation has supported educational efforts that raise awareness about the dangers of abusive dating relationships. The Mitchells have also lobbied for a Maryland law that requires mandatory domestic violence education in middle and high schools.
From the website:
Often we are asked by parents to describe the warning signs of dating abuse. Parents want to know what they should be looking for, or how they can help their child who could be in an unhealthy relationship.
Control is a Common Theme
What has come to be called “control issues” is a common characteristic running through many unhealthy and abusive relationships.
Potential Warning Signs of an Abusive Relationship
The following potential warning signs could indicate a red flag for friends, parents or adult caregivers about the possibility of an unhealthy relationship:
- No longer wanting to spend time with his/her circle of friends
- Wearing the same clothing over and over
- Appearing distracted when spoken to
- Becoming isolated from family, friends, or activities the teen used to enjoy
- Constantly checking texts, gets extremely upset if asked to turn off phone
- Withdrawn, quieter than usual
- Angry, irritable when asked how they are doing
- Making excuses for their boyfriend/girlfriend
- Showering immediately after getting home
- Unexplained scratches or bruises
- Changing behavior to avoid fighting with the significant other
If any of the following potential warning signs seems familiar to you in your relationship, they could indicate the possibility of danger for you:
- History of legal or discipline problems
- Blames you for his/her anger
- Serious drug or alcohol use
- History of violence behavior
- Threatens others regularly
- Insults you or calls you names
- Trouble controlling feelings like anger
- Tells you what to wear, what to do or how to act
- Threatens or intimidates you in order to get their way
- Prevents you from spending time with your friends or family
The Trauma Society says anyone trying to get out should:
- Tell someone about the situation; never try to handle the situation alone
- If going out, always tell someone where he or she is going and when he or she anticipates being home
- Choose a safe route home from school/work and never walk alone
- If you feel unsafe or threatened, call 911
- Work permits are required for all minors under the age of 18 to work in the State of Maryland.
- Work permits are not issued to minors under the age of 14.
- Work permits are issued by the Division of Labor and Industry.
- Work permits are not issued until the minor has been offered a job.
- If the minor changes jobs, a new work permit must be obtained.
- Employers keep work permits on file for three years."
- To obtain a Work Permit -go to http://www.dllr.state.md.us/ and click on Work Permits under the Quick Links section (bottom right of the page):
- The minor applies for a permit online and prints permit.
- The minor signs the permit.
- The minor's parent or guardian signs the permit.
- The employer signs the permit.
Bullying, Harrassment, or Intimidation
Bullying, harassment, or intimidation are serious offenses and will not be tolerated.
If you are a student victim, the parent/guardian of a student victim, or a close adult relative of a student victim, or a school staff member and wish to report an incident of alleged bullying harassment, or intimidation, complete Bullying/Harassment Report Form and return it to the Principal or Assistant Principal. Please contact the school for additional information or assistance at any time.
Home Access Center (HAC) Documentation
Home Access Center, or HAC for short, is a web based application which is tightly intergrated with the Teacher Access Center; the new electronic gradebook system used by our teachers. It is designed to be easy to use and equally as easy to share information between teachers, school officials, and parents. To view the online documentation please click here.