While celebrities like Miley Cyrus glorify doing “Molly,” a form of ecstasy, in her latest hit song, other celebs like Cory Monteith, who played Finn on the hit TV series “Glee,” are dying from drug overdoses as a young and captive audience looks on.
With drug references abundant in the media, Harker Heights High School students said, “Peace out to Drugs,” when they opted to sign their names pledging to remain drug free, during the school’s Red Ribbon Week held Oct. 21-25.
“I don’t have time for drugs,” said Brittany White, a junior. “I want to become a pediatrician and run track when I get to college. Drugs will mess that up for me.”
Harker Heights High School Crime Stoppers and the Killeen Police Explorers handed out red ribbons, painted small red ribbons on faces and urged fellow students to sign their names and make the pledge to be drug free.
“Growing up, I had family members die from doing drugs and that has kept me from doing them,” said Chesity Kurtz, a sophomore, who also signed her name to the pledge.
Red Ribbon Week began following the 1985 murder of drug enforcement agent Kiki Camarena.
The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign is to present a unified and visible commitment toward the creation of a drug-free America.
“We want people to want to come to school and to not to feel pressured into doing bad things that are going to affect their futures,” said senior Madison Flores, Crime Stoppers club president.
Many Killeen Independent School District schools promoted anti-drug awareness with special activities and Harker Heights High School held various events throughout the week.
“Signing the pledge is about doing the right things,” said senior Jesus Mendoza, a member of the Killeen Police Explorers. “Drugs will ruin your life and having something on your record will keep you from getting a job or getting into college, so they just aren’t worth it.”
The Crime Stoppers Club, in its third year at Harker Heights High School, takes part in community service and promotes the school’s anonymous police tips hotline, 254-423-2600.
I pledge to stay in school and learn the things that I need to know.
I pledge to make the world a better place for kids like me to grow.
I pledge to keep my dreams alive and be all that I can be.
I pledge to help other and to keep myself drug free.