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After she finished the talk, however, a few of the young women approached her. And another: When the girl didn't call her boyfriend at 7 p.m., he rushed to her house and pounded on the door as her family ate dinner, upsetting her mother. On a recent morning, Trina Greene, manager of Peace Over Violence's Start Strong program, faced a class at Berendo Middle School in Pico-Union and dived into matters of love and control.
Abraham Lopez, 18, remains in custody — his bail set at nearly .3 million — in the killing of his ex-girlfriend, Cindi Santana, 17, during a lunchtime attack.
Lopez also is accused of stabbing a dean and another student who attempted to restrain him.
On the heels of a fatal stabbing last month in which a high school girl was allegedly attacked by her ex-boyfriend, the Los Angeles Board of Education is expected to consider a proposal Tuesday that will take on teen dating violence by teaching students to recognize when a relationship is becoming abusive.
Board member Steve Zimmer, who called for the board action, said the Sept.
30 incident at South East High School "punctuates the urgency" for expanding anti-dating violence programs districtwide.
Zimmer's proposal has been in the works for months, he said.
Patricia Giggans, executive director of Peace Over Violence, the nonprofit group that already has programs in some district schools and worked closely with Zimmer on the resolution, said the anti-dating violence program could offer students a knowledgeable adult to turn to if problems arise.
She said dating violence is becoming increasingly widespread.