This week students at St. Joseph School in Homewood are wearing red ribbons, a symbol encouraging them not to do drugs. The theme for the week at the school is “I (heart) My Drug Free Selfie.”
The students took an anti-drug, smoking and drinking pledge. The week’s events are sponsored by the school’s student council.
The red ribbon is now a national symbol used to remind Americans about the negative impacts of drugs on individuals, communities and society. The 2015 National Red Ribbon theme is “Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.”
The Red Ribbon Week celebration, first recognized by Congress in 1988, marks the 1985 death of Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena who was murdered by drug traffickers in Mexico where he was working undercover.