KMF speaks before Notre Dame Prep student body.

March 12th, 2012

TOWSON, MD. – On March 7, 2012, Bill Mitchell, president of the Kristin Mitchell Foundation, spoke before an assembly at Notre Dame Preparatory School. NDP is one of Baltimore’s oldest Catholic, college preparatory schools for girls. It’s located in Towson, Maryland, north of Baltimore City.

Mr. Mitchell, the father of Kristin Mitchell, was very pleased that NDP brought in the entire high school population for this important event. “This is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to speak before high school students in such a setting.” It is estimated NDP had, in attendance, over 600 students. “I didn’t know they were bringing in everybody, he said.” In addition, there were many teachers and members of the school’s administration as well.

When asked why the dating violence message is not put in front of more high schools, Mr. Mitchell said, “I believe they don’t know better. They make the classic mistake of thinking DV doesn’t happen with their students. They feel it’s an icky subject, too. So why upset everyone with a sad story about an isolated incident? What they don’t know is dating violence is all around us, and it’s avoidable.”

Bill Mitchell will speak this coming Friday, March 16th, at Mount de Sales Academy in Baltimore, MD. This is the high school where Kristin graduated. In April, he has a keynote speech at Immaculata University, near Philadelphia.

Mr. Mitchell added, “I feel speaking out about dating violence is what Kristin would want. And as long as people ask me to do this, I feel it’s what I’m supposed to do.”

72 Responses to “KMF speaks before Notre Dame Prep student body.”

  1. Lou Gunshol Says:

    Bill Mitchell’s horrifying story of what happened to his daughter, Kristin, was greeted with stone silence. Weaving the events that led up to her violent death with the images of an oh-so-lovely Kristin can’t help but shock young women into realizing the dangers of associating with–much less dating–a control freak. It is also apparent that re-telling the story is not that easy on Mr. Mitchell. No doubt, however, that this kind of event can help more than a few young women from ever putting themselves in the situation Kristin faced.

  2. Siena Thrasher Says:

    I was so surprised to realize how things as simple as texting and control are humongous flags in dating violence. Kristin was so inspiring, and whoever said that she is a life-saver was right.

  3. Lonna Says:

    Mr. Mitchell thank you so much for coming to speak to us, you have really impacted each and every one of us at NDP. Your assembly was even something that many people talked about in the following days after the assembly, which doesn’t happen very often after at NDP. We know that it must so hard for you to have to relive the horror that happened to Kristin but you are making such an amazing impact in so many lives and we will all do our best to spread awareness of Domestic Violence to others in honor of her. Thank you again!

  4. Carolyn Rutishauser Says:

    Mr. Mitchell,

    I just wanted to say that I think your speech to our school really struck home. I think it was a nice change to see and hear a more emotional presentation. It definitely made me think more about what happened because I could clearly see the pain it caused you and your family and I could hear the emotion in your voice. People who usually give speeches like these tend to give them on a monotone level and block any emotions. I liked that you let your emotions show and I think it stuck with more than just me. It was nice to see that even after all these years, you still honored her memory by not blocking out your emotions. I really am truly sorry for your loss, but I genuinely appreciate you coming to talk to our school.

  5. Emily Says:

    Hearing Mr. Mitchell speak was an eye-opening experience. I had talked about dating violence with my parents before, but this really opened my eyes to the fact that this really does happen, people do lose loved ones to dating violence. What really shocked me was that Kristin’s boyfriend had not hit her before that night. Yes, he had been extremely controlling and cutting her off from her friends and family, which should have been warning signs, but he had never touched her. That was what scared me the most, and I am forever grateful to Mr. Mitchell for sharing his story and making all of us aware and hopefully safe for our future.

  6. Natalie Says:

    Mr. Mitchell, Thank you so much for your visit with NDP. This topic isn’t really one that is brought up much at high schools, and I think that it should be. Your story, as painful as it must have been to tell, had such a large impact on us. We still continue to talk about your story in the school, and it has made a world of difference to all of us here. Thank you so much for agreeing to come and make this impact on our lives. Hopefully, we will all remember this, and use this presentation to make an impact on the world.

  7. Olivia Says:

    Thank you so much for coming to NDP!! I found your presentation very informative, and was shocked to see the effects of being in a bad relationship with someone. It must be hard to do, but thanks so much for speaking to us!

  8. Bill Mitchell Says:

    Thanks to all of you for your encouragement.
    I believe what we’re doing is exactly what Kristin would want:
    We’re using her story to promote greater understanding about dating violence.
    Kristin was a great and loyal friend.
    Today she’s acquiring hundreds of new friends in this new and unusual way.

    Thanks again for your kind words.
    We’re just getting started!
    Bill Mitchell

  9. Emily Says:

    Thanks for coming to our school and keeping us aware of the dangers of domestic violence. I was surprised by alot of the things that you told us about and I will definetly be more aware of deomestic violence!

  10. Gianna Says:

    Thank you so much Mr. Mitchell for talking to our school. You have probably helped some girls in our class! I will look at every relationship I am in or see with my friends very differently now. It was and is probably very difficult for you to talk to a group of teenage girls. Your presentation also let me talk to my parents about dating violence. Thank you so much!

  11. Casey Says:

    It was so nice of Mr. Mitchell to come to NDP and share his story to us. I took away from the assembly that I should follow my first instinct and that I should stand up for myself. Mr. Mitchell should definitly speak to more High Schools including all boy High Schools because it was very useful and is making people more aware. Thanks again

  12. Kaitlyn Says:

    Hi Mr. Mitchell,
    Thank you so much for coming to talk to our student body. I feel it is important that all teenage girls know the signs of an abusive relationship and how to get out of one. This topic is not brought up as frequently as it should be, so thank you so much for discussing this. Thanks to you, my sisters at NDP are safer and we will not have to worry about anything happening to us. Thank you again!

  13. Blair Ptak Says:

    After listening to the assembly, I realized that my sister had been in an abusive relationship and that it can be a very common thing. Also, I realized what I have to do when I think I am in a abusive relationship or when my friend or sister is in an abusive relationship.

  14. Sydney Montano Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchell,

    I would like to thank you for talking at our school about probably one of the most difficult moments in your life. Hearing everything you had to say now makes me look at my relationships and even my friend’s relationship even more. Since, you came to NDP, I know that more girls will be able to get out of abusive relationships or realize they are in one. Again, thank you so much for coming to our school.

  15. Jennifer Says:

    Thank you Mr. Mitchell for coming to our school! I am a student at Notre Dame Preparatory in Towson. Your assembly really opened my eyes to see what could really happen in an abusive relationship. You really helped me understand the difference between a healthy and unhealthy relationship and how to get out of a bad one. I really encourage you to go to a boy’s high school to help the boys also recognize the warning signs and help them understand what you have helped us a Notre Dame Prep. Maybe after you talk to them a friend will see another boy and see how he is treating his girlfriend and put a stop to it. Thank you again!
    Jennifer

  16. Gianna Says:

    This assembly made me see the reality in dating violence. I know some people who have encountered it but i have never know a person who’s life has been taken from it. This showed me that anyone at anytime could abuse you and you may never know. It taught me the warning signs so that I may be prepared if this unfortunately happened to me. This really was an eye opener moment and it shows me how terrible some situations are outside of our own little bubble worlds. I think that people should have assemblies like this in many schools to warn others about the fears and reality of dating violence.

  17. Emma Madera Says:

    Thank you so much for coming to our school and teaching us more about dating violence. I thought your family story was very moving and touching. I realize it was probably very difficult to talk about your daughters death but I know it helped a lot of people here. I support this cause because I think it is very important that as many people as possible are aware of this issue. I encourage you to talk to other schools (both boys and girls). Thank you again!

  18. Blair Ptak Says:

    After listening to the assembly, I knew what to do if I am in a abusive relationship or if my friend is in an abusive relationship.

  19. Kelly & Sarah Says:

    Dear Mr. Bill,
    Thank you so much for coming to NDP! Your presentation was a very eye-opening experience. We think you should also go to boys’ schools and present it because they may not realize some of the things they are doing to their girl friends is abusive (if they are abusing them) or if they are being abused.

  20. Jamie Says:

    It was really interesting to hear about an experience like this from a father’s point of view since we usually only hear it from a survivor. It also struck me that it was so close to home because I have grown up in alot of the areas that he has mentioned

  21. Anna Says:

    I feel that this talk helped me understand the destruction that dating violence can cause and how to be aware of it. Knowing the signs and truths about domestic abuse allow me to be more cautious of the relationships I find myself in.

  22. Mary Kate Says:

    I thought the assembly was really interesting and I appreciate you coming. I am alot more informed about the signs and what to do and it will be useful in the future if I or a friend need it. Thanks.

  23. Mackenzie Says:

    Dear Mr Mitchell,

    Thank you so much for coming to NDP and speaking to us. I felt that your presentation had a huge effect on me. During your presentation I started to tear up and it made me realize that this is something that happens even to the best of us(Kristen). It was such a great presentation, that I went home and told my parents about it. Thank you!

  24. Mary Moynihan Says:

    I was very happy with the assembly, and I strongly appreciate the fact that we had Mr.Mitchell’s point of view of this story. Although I was scared and shocked by this assembly, I am glad i was there to hear it and I won’t forget it. I will now always be aware of dating violence for the safety of both myself and my friends and family.

  25. Olivia Says:

    It was a really interesting and emotional subject. I felt that it hit people exactly where it was supposed to. It was a great way to raise awareness and to share a great story. I’m very appreciative for Mr. Mitchell coming to talk to us about his personal experiences.

  26. S Says:

    It was really nice to have someone come and talk to us about that. And escpecially having her father come because it made it much more personal.

  27. Cassidy Says:

    I was amazed at the amount of courage Mr. Mitchell had to speak about his daughter and the tragic death she had. I appreciate the help people have been giving to us here at NDP about dating violence. I’m sure it will help someone or me in the future.

  28. Maddie Says:

    I really appreciate what Mr. Mitchell does to spread awareness about dating violence. It must be so hard for him to re-live what happened every time he speaks at schools and in front of crowds. I think everyone really benefited from that assembly and will know what to do now if they are ever faced with DV.

  29. Sam Says:

    I was very surprised by this assembly because of how much impact it had on me. I thought it was very interesting learning about Kristin’s story. I though it was a very important thing that we should all be aware of before it happens to us. Now I know the signs so I can end it before it even starts. Thanks so much Mr. Mitchell for coming and talking to our school!

  30. Jamie Says:

    Mr. Mitchell,
    Thank you so much for coming and talking to us. I know it was very hard for you to do that but I believe it helped get the point across to the student body how serious relationships can be. I’m glad we are now all aware of the dating violence that goes on and how we can protect ourselves since most of us didn’t have the slightest idea about it. It really does mean a lot and I hope you can go and talk to more schools about everything.

  31. Claire Says:

    I am glad Mr.Mitchell talked to our school.Even though its a hard subject to talk about its good for us to be aware what can happen. I will now think more carefully about future relationships

  32. Rachel Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchell,

    Thank you so much for coming to NDP. Your words were very inspiring and left an imprint in my mind. I will never forget the things you spoke of and I will always look out for the warning signs in any relationship I am involved in. Having you as a speaker made the subject mean more to me and made me listen closer. Thank you again, you are a very good person.

  33. Tiffany Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchell,

    Thank you so much for coming to NDP and sharing your story. It really made a huge impact on everyone that was there. It really helped me to understand the dangers of dating violence and that it’s not a joke. I really like that you were talking from a personal experience and not just an objective point of view. The fact that even after 7 years, your voice still cracked up and you were just as emotional really showed the impact this made on your life.

    Thanks again and good luck to your other presentations

  34. Mr. Tom Peri Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchell,

    As a teacher at NDP I was so grateful to you for telling our girls the story of Kristin’s life. As a father I can only imagine how difficult it was for you to share what happened but I am certain Kristin was supporting you in love as you did something for our girls that could save a life. Your description of the “red flags” including a controlling boyfriend was so important for our girls to hear. Control does not equal love, keeping constant tabs does not equal concern, monopolizing your time does not equal commitment all of this was so important for me and our community to hear so that a dangerous sign will not be overlooked. You have my great respect and my deepest thanks for coming to NDP.

  35. Katie Says:

    Thank you for coming to our school. You really opened my eyes to dating violence and made me more cautious with me and my friend’s relationships. Thank you so much.

  36. Brooke Says:

    Thank you for coming to our school to talking about dating violence. It really opened my eyes to see how bad a situation can get in a short time. I know what to look out for in my future relationship. Thank you again!!!!!!!!

  37. E Says:

    I think Kristen’s story was horrible and tragic, but I also think that it was necessary to hear. Dating violence is a big problem and is getting to be a bigger problem everyday. I hope that every person in the assembly took your words to heart. I know some people who are in dating situations that are unsafe and hopefully their eyes have been opened. Thank you for telling Kristen’s story at our school.

  38. Allie Says:

    Dear Mr Mitchell,
    Thank you so much for telling us about Kristin. I understand that speaking to us about your daughrter was very hard for youl but I wanted to let you know that it greatly impacted me considering she grew up in similiar circumstances (all girls school, maryland etc.) This presentation has made me much more aware of the signs of dating violence, and I feel like I know more and will be able to protect myself and others from the danger of dating violence.

  39. Anna Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchel,
    Thanks for sharing such an important message. I had no idea what a dating violence situation was reallly like. Your presentation was very informative. Thanks for coming to NDP.

  40. Mary Claire Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchell,
    Thank you so much for coming to talk to us about Kristin’s story. You are very brave to be able to speak openly about your personal situation with so many people. I appreciate your words very much and I am now more aware about the signs of dating violence. Thank you for coming to NDP.

  41. Nellie Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchell,
    Thank you so much for coming in to speak with us. Your personal experience made the subject so much more poignant, and it made me feel the subject so much deeper. I am so sorry for your loss but thank you so much for helping to inform others in order to prevent it from ever happening again.

  42. Edina Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchell,
    Thank you so much for visiting us and telling us Kristin’s story. I really appreciate your point of view and am so grateful for the information, not only for my own safety, but for the safety of my friends and sister. Thanks again!

  43. Emma Says:

    Hi Mr. Mitchell,

    Thank you so much for coming to NDP and speaking on behalf of your daughter and victims of abusive relationships everywhere. I understand that it is a personal issue to you, and it is difficult to talk about, but it was very helpful to listen to your daughter’s story.

  44. Dana Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchell,
    Thank you so much for coming to NDP and sharing such a personal story. It takes a lot of courage for you to speak about the loss of your daughter in front of our entire school, every one of us deeply appreciates it. It opened a lot of girls eyes and minds to the dangers of dating violence and the risks that we are facing as young women in the world. Thank you so much for sharing Kristin’s story.

  45. Marissa Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchell,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I see how hard it is for you to share your story, but I am glad you are able to see the benefits from you opening up to us. Your story personally touched me because you are from my neighborhood and it really demonstrates that it can happen to anyone. Thanks again for sharing your touching story.

  46. Bill Mitchell Says:

    Hi Notre Dame Prep Student Body,
    Thank you for your warm response to the speech that was given last week. I could never have imagined such an enthusiastic reaction to my daughter’s story. It’s obvious, from what you have written, that the subject of dating violence is just beginning to gain the attention it deserves. I’m very pleased that Kristin’s story is helpful to you. I’m sure the lessons learned will stay with you all of your lives.
    Trust your feelings. Be on guard – so you can save your friends and family members.
    Remember: IT’S ALL ABOUT CONTROL!
    God bless every one of you, Bill Mitchell

  47. Maria Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchell,
    Thank you so much for coming to our school and telling us your daughter’s story. It has had a great impact on me and will stay with me forever.

  48. Annaliese Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchell,
    Thank you so much for speaking to us. We really have been impacted on your story and it will stay with me forever!

  49. Maria Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchell,
    Thank you for sharing Kristin’s story with us. It had a great impact on me and certainly made me aware that there is alot of dating vilence.

  50. Olivia Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchell,
    Thank you so much for coming to our school. I learned so much that can help me in the future. It was so touching and your family is in my prayers. I have shared the story with so many of my friends and family and it touched all of them too. You were so strong to stand up there and tell us about your daughter, and I know that everyone was listening and learning. Everyone that I have talked to enjoyed your visit. I really hope that you will talk to other high schools (both boys and girls) because this message is so important. Thank you so much!

  51. Riley Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchell,
    Thank you so much for coming to our school and speaking. You are helping so many people whether you know it or not. This story helped me and encouraged me to reach out and help people. Thank you again.

  52. Elizabeth Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchell,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us! It helped me and a lot of other people realize the dangers of a controlling and abusive relationship. I learned a lot of new things that will stay with me forever.

  53. Allison Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchell,
    Thank you so much for coming to our school. You story was really touching and made everything seem so real and possible. I am now aware of more warning signs and know how to get out of a abusive relationship.

  54. Kate Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchell,
    Thank you so much for sharing your tragic story. I can only imagine how hard it must be to share your story but I know you know it is for the best. Hearing your story was very important and helpful for out entire student body. I think that it is important for all people to know and understand the warning signs and consequenses of a violent relationship. Your story really made an impact here at NDP and I hope it will at many other places too. Thanks again for your time and information.
    Kate Knott

  55. Brittany Says:

    Mr. Mitchell,
    Thank you very much for coming to our school. It really meant a lot to me, and made me aware of all the warning signs of dating violence. It was very special of you to share your story to us. I know it was hard for you to share, but thank you again! I’m sure we all learned a great lesson.

  56. Paige Hudak Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchell,
    When you came and spoke to us, it really hit me and really and really made me think. I now am aware of the signs of and abusive relationship and now I know what to look out for. My friend actually told me about her her boyfriend saying something to her that is one of the things we should look out for. I like that i can help people and that I know for myself. Thank you so much for coming to speak to us, it was a very amazing story.

  57. Annika Says:

    Thank you so much for coming to speak at NDP. I learned a lot and will definately remember the warning signs. Thank you again!

  58. Caeley Says:

    Mr. Mitchell,
    I really appreciate you coming to our school and talking about all of the difficult things that you had to talk about. We’ve been following up on what you’ve talked about in a lot of our classes over the past few weeks and I know that we’ve learned a lot. What you did probably ultimately saved a lot of girls from getting into bad relationships.
    Thank you!

  59. Natalie Garinther Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchell,
    Thank you so much for coming to speak to us at NDP. Your speech really had a big impact on me and I will never forget it. What you said caused me to be more aware with my own relationship. I am so grateful to have heard your story.

  60. Olivia Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchell,
    Thank you so much for coming to our school and sharing your story. I know it has to be so hard for you to share your story, but I want you to know how many girls had their eyes opened up to the real dangers of Dating Violence, and that it can happen to any of us, and we never expect it. Thank you for sharing Kristin’s story with us.

  61. Becky Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchell,
    Thank you so much for coming to share your story with our school. I think really taught us to be careful. You really made an impact on me especially because you are from my neighborhood and my brother graduated with your son, which showed me that dating violence can happen to anyone, anywhere so we should all be aware. I am very sorry for your loss, but thank you for spreading awareness about the subject so others are more aware.

  62. Sonali Says:

    Dear Mr.Mitchell
    Thank you so much for coming and talking to us. You were very strong to share such a tragic story with us. Krisitin really seemed like such an amazing girl and I’m sorry for your loss. I think everything you said had a very big impact on us and we all took a very valuable lesson through Kristin’s story.

  63. Julia Says:

    Mr. Mitchell,
    Thank you so much for your visit! You were very informative and I hope other schools around the world get to hear your story and learn from it.

  64. Natalie Says:

    Dear Mr Mitchell,
    Thank you very much for coming to your school. I am very sorry for your lose and I hope your message has at least touched a few students about dating violence. I hope you continue to spread Kristin’s story to students and that you can make a change

  65. Rebecca Says:

    Thank you so much for coming and warning us about dating violence by telling us about your personal tragedy. We know how hard it could be to tell everyone about something like that and we all admire and appreciate your courage to come and talk to us, because now we know that we could be the next victims, and now know how to avoid it.

  66. Ellie Says:

    Thanks so much for visiting our school! I thought it was so interesting to hear the stories you had to share with us. They were extremely informing and I learned a lot from them. I now know what to do if ever put in any of these situations and am happy to know all the warning signs. Thanks!

  67. Charlotte Says:

    Mr. Mitchell, Thank you for coming to our school and sharing Kristen’s story with us. I think it was a great experience for as as high school girls and a wonderful learning oppertunity that teaches us to really think thing through.

  68. Megan Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchell
    Thanks so much for talking to us. That assembly left a huge impact on me. Before the assembly I had never really thought about the whole abusive dating situation because I never thought it could happen to me. Now that I am more aware, I know what to do if I ever get caught in a situation like that. Thanks for making me aware of that.

  69. Brianna Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchell,
    Thank you so much for coming and sharing your story with us. You have really made an impact on the NDP community and I am sorry for such a loss. You taught me, as well as the other girls, that dating violence is a serious issue and it can happen to anyone. I appreciate you telling us your story and I really took a lot out of it. Thank you again!

  70. Rachel Says:

    Mr. Mitchell,

    Thank you so much for coming to speak to us about your story. I wanted to say that this has really touched my life and I am sure those around me also. I probably would have never had the chance to listen to a story such as this one. I learned some extremely valuable lessons that I will always remember. I hope you continue to share this story because it is important for everyone to know. I never really knew much about dating violence, and this really opened my eyes to it. Thank you so much for your time.

  71. Kayla Robison Says:

    Dear Mr. Mitchell,
    Thank You! After listening to hear you talk it made me think that I never want my dad to have to go what you go through everyday. You are the reason my dad will not have to go through that because I now know what I do if I am in an abusive relationship and the warnings signs. I also thank you because it sparked conversation in our school. I believe now that everyone knows what to do. Thank You!

  72. Katie Says:

    Dear Mr.Mitchell,
    Thank you so much for coming to our school to talk to the student body. I realize how hard it probably is for you to do this, but I’m glad you did. It really made a strong impact on me and my friends. It opened my eyes to the world around me, that I am not always aware of. I believe because of you coming to talk with us, everyone in our school now knows the signs and what needs to be done to get out of an abusive relationship. I feel safer knowing everything I need to know when getting into a relationship and making it a safe relationship to be in.

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