Protecting Teens From Dating Violence

"Mothers are supposed to protect their children and there are some times you just can't and that's a heavy burden to live with," said Burke, who is also a middle school health teacher in South Kingstown.

Burke has turned her grief into action, pushing legislators in Rhode Island to require every school district in the state to teach middle and high school students about dating violence.

Through the Lindsay Ann Burke Memorial Fund, a nonprofit organization created in honor of her daughter, Burke has trained teachers in schools throughout Rhode Island on how to educate students on dating violence.

Some critics argue that teachers shouldn't teach about relationships, but that it's a job best left to the parents. People like Burke, however, who support the new laws, say these lessons will not only help teenage girls but might save their lives before abuse spirals out of control unnoticed.

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