GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Greensboro Police Dept. is sponsoring an event to help teenagers and parents spot the signs of an unhealthy dating relationship.
The No Hatin' N Datin': What's the Message in the Music? event is Thursday from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Weaver Academy on 300 S. Spring St. in Greensboro. It is free to the public and teenagers and their families are encouraged to attend. There will be multiple agencies on hand to answer questions about abuse and helping young people form healthy relationships.
Other performances include the Northern Guilford High School Dance Department, Dudley High School Modern Dance Company, "Livestock Players Teen Theater" with the City Arts Drama Center, "Trevor, Jalen & Company" with Weaver Academy and "We Are One" from Caldcleugh Multicultural Art Center.
After each performance the teenagers will have the opportunity to talk about what they saw and heard on stage. In a news release from the Greensboro Police Dept, Greensboro Child Response Initiative advocate Mandy Curley said "we want the kids in attendance to feel comfortable expressing themselves."
There will also be counselors there to talk with parents and guardians about how to talk with their teenager about how to choose a good partner and what resources are available in the case of dating violence.
Thursday night's event will be emceed by Weaver High School student Tyler Hardin. Doors open at 6:30 pm. There will be free parking available at Weaver Academy and at the YMCA on S. Spring St.
Know the signs of teenage dating violence (Courtesy: BreakTheCycle.org):
- Checking your cell phone or email without permission
- Constant put-downs
- Extreme jealousy or insecurity
- Explosive temper
- Isolating you from family or friends
- Making false accusations
- Mood swings
- Physically hurting you in any way
- Telling you what to do
Click here for available resources for those experiencing abuse or know someone who is.