The most violent time in a teen dating relationship is during the days and weeks after a break-up. Counselors in Boston, with the aid of a nationwide program called Start Smart, addressed the problem of breaking up in a “Break-Up Summit” to 250 high schoolers.
July 27, 2012
(AP) BOSTON – Andrew Curtin said it happened at least twice at his Boston-area high school in the last year. Angry about a breakup, a boy ended up at the school nurse’s office with a broken hand after punching a locker or a wall.
“You don’t think about when you see two people walking down the hall, ‘Are they in a bad relationship or is it good?'” the 17-year-old Waltham High School senior said Thursday.
But he was among about 250 teenagers doing a lot of thinking about healthy relationships at a seminar at Simmons College on Thursday. And the dating advice was coming from an unlikely source: city government officials.
Boston’s Public Health Commission partnered with local social service agencies to put on its third annual “Break-Up Summit” for teens as part of a $1 million, four-year grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Nationwide, the $18 million program known as Start Strong is aimed at teaching teens in 11 cities to prevent dating violence. Counselors in Boston on Thursday focused on teaching teens to end relationships in ways that don’t spark negative behavior like cheating, public humiliation, or worse.
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