Red Ribbon Week Has History

By Lauren H.

Red Ribbon Week has recently just occurred at our school and around the world. Everyone knows Red Ribbon Week is a say no to drug/alcohol/tobacco week. But they may not know the history of Red Ribbon Week.

It was in 1985 when a DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) agent, Enrique Camarena, was brutally murdered in Mexico for finding a multi-million dollar drug industry, and the people who ran that industry kidnapped him, tortured him, and finally killed him. After that, the folks in his hometown of Calexico, California wore red ribbons in his honor. Red Ribbon Week is still an ongoing tradition, and a very important one at that.

Richardson Middle School students have celebrated Red Ribbon Week with a spirit week included. Monday was Sign The Drug Free Pledge Day, Tuesday was Dress As A Nerd Day. Wednesday was Wear Red Day, Thursday was wear Backwards Clothing Day, and Friday was Class Spirit Day.

Anyone who bought a red ribbon week “I Pledge To Be Drug Free” bracelet got a chance to win a gift card/other assorted prizes. There were close to 700 bracelets given out, and four names were called to go to the office. From then on, if a student was one of the four, they got to answer a question about drug/alcohol/tobacco use and if they got it right, they won prizes.  Drawings were held throughout the week.

We are not the only schools celebrating Red Ribbon Week. All across the nation this week was celebrated and there is even a school dedicated to Enrique Camarena. There are murals and pictures in honor of him all around that school. Some schools even hand out worksheets and watch videos about the history of this week.

To support Red Ribbon Week, there are a number of promotional products, such as customized magnets, bracelets, pens, shirts, and of course, red ribbons. Red Ribbon Week is basically an awareness week that should be taken seriously because what happened to Enrique should never happen again, to anybody.  But, mostly, for students to pledge that they will stay away from drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.

For more information about Enrique Camarena, click on this website  http://articles.ivpressonline.com/2011-10-27/dea-agent_30330461 .

For more information about the effects of drugs, alcohol and tobacco on the body, click on

http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/talk/smoking.html  .

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