Yellow Ribbon Week brings suicide awareness to CHS


Adoley Swaniker

ASB students, Maria Rojas and Briette Pietrocini, wear yellow on Monday in support of Yellow Ribbon Week. The purpose of this spirit week is to raise suicide awareness and encourage kids to open up to those they trust about any hardships they may be enduring.

Madison Medina, editor in chief

Many know Yellow Ribbon Week from the many dress up days we had at CHS. What many do not know is that this week was an important event for suicide and bullying awareness. PLUS club and ASB have put together these spirit days to help students become informed of what they can do about this cause.

“Yellow ribbon week is important because it gets people aware of suicide and bullying issues that people go through every day,” senior Katy Beyer said.”We want everyone to feel safe and know they can talk to someone if they are having issues. Students should be aware of this because you never know what people are going through. The person sitting next to you in class might be going through something really tough, so we want people to know they should be accepting to everyone.”

Along with keeping kids informed about this issue, CHS put together a week of fun to help bring a positive vibe to campus and bring students together to have fun and get to know each other.

“This year our days included wearing yellow on Monday, Happiest School on Earth on Tuesday, Western Wednesday, Aloha Thursday and USA Friday,” senior Rebecca Nasser said. “Other than that we have our PLUS forum we are doing in a week to help with this issue.”

According to bullying statistics done by a study at Yale University, bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims. Last week’s events made students aware of this cause and why it is so serious.

“Personally, for me this is important because in my sophomore year I had a run in with suicide,” Nasser said. “For me it makes me feel a lot better to know that students are becoming aware of not only what we say is hurtful, but also the things we do. The main goal of this week is to get students aware of how they can help.”