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Consequences of date violence discussed
COLDSPRING -- In recognition of National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month, Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District Police Chief R. Joseph and San Jacinto County Criminal District Attorney Richard Countiss address the male student population of Coldspring- Oakhurst High School last week as part of a "No means No" initiative. Countiss discussed the serious legal and personal consequences of dating violence and sexual misconduct and conducted a question and answer session afterward. Joseph said it was an important opportunity for students to learn the importance of respect and good decision- making. "You make a bad decision, it might be something you will suffer for the rest of your life," Joseph told the young men. "Treat them (girls) like ladies, like you would want your sisters to be treated and you'll stay of trouble." Agreeing, Countiss said, "What we're talking about is deadly serious. I've seen it ruin lives." The female student population was addressed in a separate assembly at the high school.