BURLEY — A Burley High School senior is hosting a domestic violence awareness presentation Friday as part of his senior project.
Cameron Prewitt, 17, will host the free event from 5 to 7 p.m. at the King Fine Art Center.
The panel will include a victim advocate, prosecuting and defense attorneys, magistrate judge, probation officers, a domestic violence survivor, offenders, victim-witness coordinator, police officer and a children’s advocate.
“They will all present their side of what happens in domestic violence,” Prewitt said.
After the panel there will be a question and answer session.
“It can happen in any relationship,” he said.
Prewitt wanted to hold an assembly at the high school, but school administration decided it was not an appropriate topic for students without their parents present and that it would be a better option to address the topic at the community level, said Kristy Rasmusson, domestic violence coordinator for the Fifth Judicial District.
Prewitt said high school students need information on domestic violence.
“Personally, I think it’s worthwhile to youth,” he said.
Domestic violence information is presented to students at Cassia High School but not at BHS, he said.
Prewitt became interested in the topic because his mother, Amber Prewitt, heads adult misdemeanor probation in Mini-Cassia and teaches classes on domestic violence.
He has been attending her classes, going to domestic violence court hearings and speaking with officials to learn more about the topic.
Many of the skills he’s learned at the classes apply to other life situations, not just relationships, he said. “It’s opened my eyes.”