“I have friends that are gay, are in interracial relationships so yes, it definitely relates to a lot of students at this school,” said Cedric Bowser, a senior at Mission High and an actor playing the role of a boyfriend in an interracial relationship in the school’s play titled “Love Ain’t Easy.”

After four weeks of long discussions around what makes a healthy relationship, the students from Jennifer Colker’s Peer Resources class were ready to start writing and developing their characters.  They decided to develop  scenes using four sets of characters—a gay couple, an interracial couple, an abusive man and a single girl who wants a boyfriend.  After a month of rehearsing, they were ready to go on the road—or at least to Mission High School’s small theater filled with a rowdy audience of more than 50 students.

“They got a lot out of the process,” said  Colker, the peer resource educator  who let the students run with the idea.  “I’d like to think those discussions led them to be a little open minded about abuse and domestic violence.”

“I definitely feel like I understand it better, and I’ll be able to give advice on it now,” said Jackson Harris, a junior in Colker’s class.