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By Macayla Jones

When the topics of violence and education are brought up around or to students, they often have a lot to say, but most times no one actually listens. However, on Monday Nov. 28, about 18 students and teachers produced a Student Forum hosted by Arsenal Tech students with the help of  WFYI producer Aric Hartvig, mentor with PBS NewsHour’s Student Reporting Lab program.  Newly-elected Student Council officers led the discussion at WFYI as part of the Urban Media Project @ Legacy Center’s EDGE program. The high school students at all levels were able to express how they truly felt about violence, crime and education.

Students who participated in the round table discussions talked about the student-teacher relationship and how it is important for teachers to be able to trust the students, as well as the students being able to trust their teacher to build a good, solid relationship.

“I think the role of a teacher should be very professional. As high school students, we should be closer to our teachers and have better connections with them. We see them 7 hours a day five days a week; they shouldn’t just be teachers but role models, people we can go to when we need help,” sophomore Brenasia Holiman said.

Those talking about violence felt most of the situations occur because of misunderstandings, and most situations that deal with guns are because someone is feeling over-powered.

“When people get jumped, they have to stand up for themselves in a fight so sometimes they go to the next reliable option – to pull out a gun and shoot,” freshman Layla Young said.

Most agreed violent behaviors start at home, and the way people act is based on how they are raised.

“People who grow up in violent situations, that’s all they know,” said another freshman.

The third discussion group discussed their views on another topic that impacts their daily lives.

“Education is at the root of everything we want to do,” sophomore Montserrat Rodriguez said.

Student Council members had definite opinions on what they need to learn.

“We need to be educated on the things we will actually use in life,” said sophomore Joselin Ramirez, “We need to learn about different cultures. I’ve noticed the many people are ignorant and not accepting and we should be educated more on how to work together.”

The Urban Media Project is an independent 501c3 organization with a mission to give Indianapolis students a forum to use their technology and communication skills to question, to discover and to create. Currently the program is held after school on Mondays at the Legacy Center studio and is open to all interested students. See Mrs. Griffin, Arsenal Tech’s student publications adviser, dgriffins96@gmail.com for more information.

 

 

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