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An Awareness that aims to Educate


On Wednesday, April 10th, after the sophomores completed their practice ACT exam, the 10th graders had lunch and then gathered in the fireside for a mandatory grade meeting facilitated by an outside program: One Love. This foundation, established in honor of Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia student who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2010, aims to raise awareness about toxic relationships and provide information on prevention and intervention. The session commenced with a 45-minute video featuring a fictional couple, Paige and Chase, embroiled in an abusive relationship. Chase, the perpetrator, displayed manipulative, possessive, and physically abusive behavior.

Both friends and family of Paige and Chase noticed warning signs in their relationship, yet they failed to acknowledge them. Tragically, the film concluded with Paige’s death, caused by Chase fatally striking her with a blender after she tried to end their relationship. During police interviews, they all realized they had witnessed an abusive relationship unfolding before their eyes, and they deeply regretted not stepping in earlier, recognizing it could have saved Paige’s life.

Following the film, students independently reflected on questions posted on the board. Subsequently, teachers grouped the students into small discussion sessions based on their advisories. In these groups, advisors raised the question of why nobody intervened upon noticing warning signs. They learned that many people are hesitant to intrude on others’ lives, but in such situations, intervention is necessary. Additionally, they discussed strategies for supporting friends in similar situations and preventing recurrence of such scenarios.

The main aim of the program was to help students understand that these incidents occur in everyday life and are not isolated occurrences. By promoting awareness and encouraging proactive measures, the program aimed to empower students to create safer environments for themselves and their peers. Moving forward, with these lessons in mind, CA students can foster healthy relationships and break free from toxic cycles.


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