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Sylvania students take Red Ribbon pledge

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SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Red Ribbon Week is a national movement involving students pledging to live drug and alcohol-free lives. Students in Sylvania joined in, but added another special pledge.

Hundreds of students from the Sylvania school district packed into the Northview High School gym for the 12th annual Sylvania Community Action Team's (SCAT) Red Ribbon Week. Their parents joined them to pledge to live alcohol and drug-free.

"We're here to support the SCAT program and pledge to be drug-free, alcohol and tobacco-free," said Wendy and Tom Xander, parents of Sylvania students. "Peer pressure, it's just too strong anymore."

This year, the district also added bullying to the pledge, so it's about making the right choices, overall.

"We've taken it to the point of kids making good choices, being kind to each other and respecting each other, so that's where the bullying comes in," said Deb Chany, executive director of SCAT. "Many times when kids are bullied, then they resort to some kind of safety net that might be drugs, alcohol, or being a bully themselves."

Chany believes parents should always be involved to help their children do the right thing.

"They can call their parents and say, ‘Hey, we have a situation here. I need your help,'" she said. "So we have to help kids realize that moms and dads are out there to help them. We encourage moms and dads to be that scapegoat, if you will, or that tool to help prevent them from doing those kinds of things."

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