Red Ribbon Week in honor of DEA hero

Written by Yazan Abuashour

Red Ribbon Week starts Monday, October 24 and continues through Friday, October 28. Red Ribbon Week originated in back on February 7, 1985 when DEA agent Enrique Camarena was kidnapped in Mexico when we went to meet his wife for lunch. His body was found a month later in a shallow grave. He had been tortured to death.

In honor of Camerena’s memory, friends, family and neighbors began wearing a red badge. Soon this coalition gained popularity, and the red ribbon was born. In 1997, the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse began contributing to the Red Ribbon Campaign in Texas, in an effort to protect children from the dangers of alcohol and other drugs.

Here are the days for spirit week for a fight against drugs:

Monday – “Red Out!” Students and Staff will wear red to show their pride in being drug free

Tuesday – “Lei Off Drugs!” Students and staff will wear tropical attire

Wednesday – “Drug Free is NO Sweat!” Students and Staff will wear sweatpants

Thursday – “Be Hip, Don’t Dip!” Students and staff will dress as their favorite decade

Friday – “Scare of Drugs!” Students and staff dress in costumes. Students must also abide by dress code and no clown costumes due to the recent uprising of clown scares.