LEONARDTOWN, MD – During the week of March 19 through March 23, 2018, St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) has scheduled voluntary student assemblies at all SMCPS high schools during one hour lunch. The assemblies are part of a sustained effort to further educate SMCPS high school students about personal safety, avoiding high risk youth behaviors, and making good choices. The assemblies are the result of a collaboration with the St. Mary’s County Commission for Women, St. Mary’s County Health Department, and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital.

The Dating Violence Prevention assemblies for all students will be presented by Mr. Bill Mitchell of the Kristin Mitchell Foundation. Mr. Mitchell will speak about dating violence awareness and prevention. Mr. Mitchell is the father of Kristin Mitchell, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2005. The key points of his speech will be what happened to his daughter and the reasons why this might not have happened had she been better informed about potential dangers. Students will have the opportunity to hear Mr. Mitchell speak about respect and the recognition of critical warning signs that can prevent violence in relationships.

If you would like additional information about the assemblies, contact the Department of Safety and Security at 301-475-5511, extension 32238.

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