Twenty-fifth Red Ribbon march takes place in South Bend

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

A large group of teens could be heard chanting “Life begins with me, I choose to be drug-free” on the west side of South Bend Friday morning.

It was the twenty-fifth Red Ribbon March Against Drugs and Violence in South Bend.

Dozens of South Bend teens gathered Friday morning for the march, holding posters and chanting.

The march started at the Colfax Cultural Center on Lincolnway West, swinging by Martin Luther King Dr. and ending at the Kroc Center.

“This is the 25th annual Red Ribbon March, and the youth in our community are coming together to say that we say no to drugs and we're working for a drug-free South Bend,” said Jennifer Knappbeudert, the march’s chair. “And I think it's a great opportunity to celebrate the youth in this community that are making positive choices.”

The Red Ribbon campaign started more than two decades ago, after the death of a DEA agent when he was tortured and killed while trying to stop drug dealers.

Since then, the group has pledged to honor his death with drug-free awareness activities.

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