Counselors Have Advice About Teens And Relationships

Kyle Todd, 18, was shot and killed, some say because of a teenage love triangle. Altoya Croon, 16, was shot and killed by the person family and friends say was her ex-boyfriend. Counselors at Moss Point High School say sometimes feelings of rejection or betrayal are out of control.

"Some people really feel like they really can't go on because some of them, this was the first person, or this was the only person that ever really paid them any attention and it's a great sense of loss," school counselor Miriam Wilkes said.

To avoid tragedies like those in Moss Point, Wilkes says teens who feel rejected should seek help and realize they can move on. Wilkes says there are also signs that both teens and parents should look out for if a relationship is too serious.

"If a person is kind of overdominating you where you're not allowed or you don't feel you're allowed to say your opinions, or if people wanted to move too fast, and they are not wanting to meet your parents."

Counselors at Moss Point High say parent involvement in a teenage relationship is very important. The teen couple may not like the idea, but it's a decision that could make all the difference in the end.

"Sometimes there's not enough adults getting involved and them really knowing the family background or the person that they say their in love with or they want to get to know better. They don't really know much about the background or how that could affect the relationship that they may form."

Counselors say the loss of any love one is hard to handle, but even harder when it's a young person. Teenagers should think before they act, and realize they've got their whole lives ahead of them.

Counselors also say some teens are starting relationships too young these days. They say the more mature the teen is, the better they can handle a relationship.