White Ribbon Campaign at Alternative High School in Newport News, VA

By Cletus Davis

NEWPORT NEWS – Enterprise Academy is an alternative school for students who have been kicked out for some reason. This week, students are participating in a white ribbon campaign to fight violence against women.

During the campaign, men and young boys wear white ribbons as a personal statement to say they will never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women.

Ninth grader, Richard Liles, knows first-hand about abuse.

“I can testify from life. My mom, my aunts and my grandmother have all been victims of abuse. If I can break the chain of generational abuse, it will be better for me, my wife, and my kids.”

In addition to wearing the white ribbons, students will also make posters and a video. They even plan to raise money for Transitions Family Violence Services, an agency serving families on the Peninsula.

School psychologist Jeremy Burroughs is behind this campaign.

“I wanted to bring some awareness about what a respectable relationship looks like. I always put it in the context of how we all want to be respected and honored by our partners.”