One of my students has been locked up for weeks and I am angry about it.
Working in this city means you experience the secondary and trauma of kids being victims of violence or the prison system.
I can see the jail from my balcony
I remember walking him to the prison when he was 13
It’s 12 minutes walking distance from our school
Having him read about the fact that 32M was invested in that youth prison
And we didn’t have any books
I had to beg my Instagram supporters for books that year
Then, I took him to New York
Front row at Pyer Moss
Now he’s behind bars
Being tried as an adult at the age of 15
Ain’t nothing poetic about this