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Students celebrate Red Ribbon Week

Students take antidrug pledge

October 24, 2013
  • Some of the 409 pairs of student hands that got to touch Glendale Police Dept. K9 dog Yudy (with K9 oifficer Maribel Feeley) during Red Ribbon Week dog skills demonstration at Valley View Elementary School in La Crescenta on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. Officer Feeley spoke about drugs and their bad effects and how Yudy is used to catch bad guys and find drugs and other items.
Some of the 409 pairs of student hands that got to touch… (Raul Roa / Staff…)

Students throughout the Glendale Unified School District pledged this week to live a drug-free life as part of Red Ribbon Week, which is celebrated each October at every Glendale public school.

The national campaign dates back to the death of Kiki Camarena, an agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration who was kidnapped and murdered in Mexico City in 1985 while he was investigating a major cocaine and marijuana dealer.

PHOTOS: Valley View Elementary gets K9 demo for Red Ribbon Week

Following his death, parents in the United States started wearing red ribbons to protest the devastation caused by drugs, according to the National Family Partnership. The campaign spread to U.S. schools, where students now wear red bracelets to express their intolerance of drugs.

-- Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com

Follow on Twitter: @kellymcorrigan.

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