Hartford Courant (05.16.2013)
Recently, Connecticut’s Hartford Public High School’s Law and Government Academy held a Healthy Relationships Day; administrators cancelled regular classes and provided wellness sessions and frank conversations on topics from body image to sexual health. The morning began with students from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Magnet School’s Looking in Theatre Group performing skits and answering questions in character about sexual abuse, controlling relationships, “sexting,” and other real-world situations. School staff led some workshops and others were led by volunteers from organizations such as Planned Parenthood; the city’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative; UConn’s Violence Against Women Prevention Program; the Prudence Crandall Center for support of domestic violence victims; and True Colors, a nonprofit agency that helps lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. According to Principal Adam Johnson, fewer than half of the school’s 530 students attended school for the day’s sessions.