Harker Heights High School Crime Stoppers wants to remind students to stay drug free.

Club members will hand out red ribbons and urge fellow students to sign their names and make the pledge to be drug free during Red Ribbon Week Oct. 21-25.

“The drugs these days are screwing up a lot of peoples lives,” said Ricardo Miranda, a senior and Crime Stoppers member. “Making the pledge to be drug free will allow you to lead a happy and healthy life so you can go to college and be successful.”

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.

Many Killeen Independent School District schools are promoting anti-drug awareness with special activities.

“I want people to make the pledge to stay focused on their future and to not let drugs and peer pressure influence their actions,” said Madison Flores, senior and Crime Stoppers president.

The Crime Stoppers Club, in its third year at Harker Heights High School, takes part in community service and promotes the school’s police tips hotline.

“People think we got involved in this club to become snitches, but that’s not what we do,” Ricardo said. “We are making the school a safer place for everyone to learn.”

Students can report crimes anonymously by calling 254-423-2600.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at vlynch@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7567.

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