Student voices: Students Host Die-In to Protest Police Brutality

by Drina Davis

On Friday , December 5, approximately 75 student and about 6 staffs got involved in a “die-in” at 11 am in the second floor hallway for 5 mins. The students laid or sat on the ground quietly and some also held signs to represent the young black teen that got killed by a white cop.

After the die-in, Mrs. Melville’s class was asked to write about how they felt.

Jamell Williams, a 9th grade student, said, “I felt sad because we represented people who lost their innocence lives to white cops.”

“It felt meaningful and encouraging because you never see young teens doing that,” said Daniel Watson, another 9th grader.

Ninth grade teacher Kathleen Melville said, “I think it’s important to show our community and they bigger community that we care about justice, I also think its important to follow the lead of the young people because they are future leaders.”

“I think that people need to show the cops that black people are humans too,” said Charles Pryor, a 9th grade student.

When the students heard the cops weren’t charged for killing unarmed African American people, they started tweeting for positive protest.

Some students shared their thoughts on the class Twitter account, @Workshop215.

Tysheirah Ochoa Upshur tweeted, “Who’s Next? My brother? Your brother? My dad? Your dad? Or our cousins for sitting on the step talking? We never know.”

“We are all a bullet away from being a #hashtag. #HandsUpDon’tShoot #BlackLivesMatter.” tweeted Drina Davis.

One of the most powerful tweets came from Gio Brabazon, who ended his tweet with a hashtag all his own. “The law is suppose to protect us not kill us #EricGarner #TamirRice #MikeBrown #OurLivesMatter.”