On Tuesday, January 24, 2017 approximately 200 students of Teaneck High School viewed the recently released documentary, 13th, which offers an in-depth look at the 13th Amendment and the history of racial inequality in the United States. A loophole embedded within the language of the amendment has allowed systems of racial and social control to endure. Students reflected on the mass incarceration crisis and how injustices deliberately built into our nation's criminal justice system continue to perpetuate over generations. Students enrolled in courses such as Human Rights, and Introduction to Law and Sociology, as well as members of the Teaneck High School Black Youth Organization were among the invited attendees.
Guest speaker, Rahmell Peebles (far left), offered an engaging motivational speech about his personal experience with the school-to-prison pipeline. Teachers Christine Mayers, Delores Connors, Mary Joyce Laqui, Margot Mack, Nina Odood and Assistant Principal, Peter LoGiudice, worked in collaboration to organize and facilitate this event.
Students' written expressions of hope and commitment to social change will be on display in the Student Center.