Teens use music and dance to tackle peer pressure
Reporter: Alexis Fernandez
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Nearly a week after nine Sahuarita High School wrestlers were arrested for hazing and bullying another student in a locker room, one group of students is looking to prevent another incident like this through music and drama.
They call themselves BreakDown Tucson, a group of about thirty teens from different schools who encourage their peers to do the right thing through dance, music and real life stories.
Aimee Dobbins started the group back in 2011 to spread the message of choice.
"They can always have the excuse I didn't know because nobody told me, and we wanted to eliminate that excuse for them, so that they would know if you do certain things there are consequences -- give them the opportunity to make the right choices the frist time," she said.
On Sunday, the group spent the day practicing for their upcoming performance.
Haley Benson, a Senior at Pusch Ridge Christian Academy says she joined solely because of the message.
"Someone can say I've been there and I understand how you feel and tell you there's a different way to go that will lead to better things in your life," said Benson.
Lexi Girard, a freshmen at Walden Grove High School says she joined for the same reason.
"It's one thing for your mom to be telling you one thing, not good dont do that, but when other teenagers are giving you advice its a lot easier to follow," she said.
But for her mother, Angelica Lopex, it's an effort to stop bullying in our schools.
"Thank god for a show like BreakDown that is actually trying to make an impact on those things, trying to break behaviors like that," she said.
Their first performance will be held on February 16, at Grace To The Nations Church here in Tucson.