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Proud Principal Castro presenting cake to the faculty, celebrating the honor.
News
NAHS Becomes California Distinguished School
Anaiah Greene, Staff Journalist • June 11, 2024

On February 29th (Leap Day), Northridge Academy was named as a 2024 California Distinguished School. Schools were selected by analyzing data...

Pictured: Sophomores Justine Relona, Szaffi Fejes, Natalie Gutierrez, and Krishna Rivera.
Opinion
A Guide to Beating That Summertime Sadness
Olivia Munoz, Page Editor • June 9, 2024

As the school year comes to a close, students prepare for the next few months of vacation. For many, this is the best time of the year; almost...

Look for the signs.
Impacting
Teenage Dating Violence
Love is Not Abuse
Anaiah Greene, Staff Journalist • June 9, 2024
Teenage Dating Violence is a common problem and is very serious, the number of cases continues to rise. So why isn't it talked about enough?
Social Studies teacher Laurie Nelson
News
NAHS Says Goodbye to Faculty
Johann Anderson and Josiah AndersonJune 7, 2024

As the students are nearing the end of the 2024 school year and seniors are preparing for their future after high school. Some faculty members...

Teenage Dating Violence

Love is Not Abuse
Look for the signs.
Look for the signs.

Teenage Dating Violence is common and usually isn’t talked about enough. People will dismiss it by saying things like “They’re just kids”, “They’ll grow out of it”, or “They didn’t know any better”. These accusations only cover up the fact teenage dating violence is real and can harm the physical and mental state of a child’s mind. Statistics show 81% of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know it’s an issue and almost 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. So why isn’t teen dating violence talked about enough? Only 33% of teens who were in abusive relationships ever told anyone about the abuse. People show signs when they are in an abusive relationship. It may be hard to identify the signs but when you see them say something immediately for it can get worse with time. Some signs to look out for are: isolation from friends and family; explosive temper or unusual mood swings; using insults, intimidation, or humiliation; extreme jealousy, insecurity, or controlling behavior; and abusing alcohol or drugs. One in three young people will be in an abusive or unhealthy relationship and won’t speak up about it. Why does teen dating violence happen? It is a sense of entitlement. Because teenagers are still developing new emotions and grow up with a specific idea of what a relationship should be like from how they see their parents or guardians, some feel the need to gain control and power over their partner. Some may have learned from experience that being abusive gets them what they want and others believe they can get away with it if they cover it up with “love”. 

If you know someone who is struggling to realize they are in an abusive relationship or they get out of one and don’t know how, Call 1-866-331-9474. This is the National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline, open 24/7 with text, phone, and live chat services. This hotline can help answer any further concerns about Teenage Dating Violence. 

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