Often a student’s behavior may change, and he or she may become withdrawn or lose confidence. Parents can try talking to someone at the school, or a pastor. Teachers can talk among themselves to find that teacher or counselor who has the best relationship with a student.

“It’s about making sure the child has someone they can trust,” Gallant said.

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“That’s the danger in it.” Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide are physically abused by a dating partner every year, according to Love Is

One in three adolescents suffers from physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.

Teen dating violence can be as lethal as domestic abuse.

Dating violence affects about 1 in 10 teen couples.

“When it comes up, it is serious, but a lot of (students’ animosity) is under wraps,” Sevier said.

“We can’t know what’s under the surface if kids won’t talk about it.” To get students talking about it, trusted adults have to watch for warning signs, counselors say.

The violence this week that landed a Ruskin father and daughter in the Jackson County jail and left an 18-year-old male student in critical condition capped what records and statements show had been a combative breakup for the two teens. Wright, 38, and daughter Jonay Wright, 17, made their initial appearance in a Jackson County courthouse Thursday.

The court entered not guilty pleas for both to charges that they severely beat 18-year-old Cullen Landis in the school’s student services center Tuesday.

If you, or someone you know may be in an unhealthy relationship, there is help out there!

Teen dating violence is similar to adult relationship violence.

Teen dating abuse is a serious public health problem.