Two local high school students are heading to Washington, D.C. next week to make their voices heard about relations between police and young people.
Robert E. Lee High School students Bernard Thomas and Dequan Jackson were selected as two of the 14 students nationwide who get to participate in a Department of Justice roundtable discussion.
“Within our community, we see a lot of injustice acts within the police and the youth. And I don’t want to grow up like that or have to raise any children of mine in that environment,” said Thomas.
The two teens, who are part of the 5,000 Role Models program at school, had to submit four essays, a resume and recommendation letters.
“The discussions that we had really sparked the idea in us that we could be heard by the people higher in authority who have a say-so in what goes on in our community,” said Jackson.
The insights from the roundtable discussion will be used rewrite curriculum for the National Law Enforcement Training Institute.
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