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Monday is the first day of school in Montgomery County, Md., and at the high school level, the county's top prosecutor is stepping up efforts to prevent teen dating violence.

County state's attorney John McCarthy says nationally one in three teen dating relationships involves violence, while one in two involve threatened violence. McCarthy says the prevalence of cell phones with teens makes the threats even easier to make.

"There are forms of bullying where a young man becomes enamored with a young woman and try to control her by texting her 150 times in three hours, asking 'Where are you?' 'Who are you with?'"

 

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