Farmington students speak at ‘Stop the School-to-Prison Pipeline’ event

Three Farmington High School students represented Farmington Public Schools (FPS) at the Oakland Schools’ African American Male Task Force Launch Event, “Stop the School-to-Prison Pipeline,” held Sept. 26.

Juniors Janay Pope and Anyah Lewis, along with senior Andre Thompson, participated in a panel discussion about their goals and their personal fights against injustice.

The event included a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary “The 13th,” by Ava Duvernay, a table discussion about the film, a panel discussion, closing remarks, and reflections and feedback. “The 13th” is a film about the 13th amendment and its implications for wealth distribution, educational opportunities, and incarceration patterns in modern society.

Valada Sargent, a Restorative Justice Unified Support Interventionist at Farmington High, said that the students “represented themselves, their families and our school with so much pride and positivity. They spoke clearly and profoundly about their goals and their personal fight against injustice.”

The three were the only students on the panel, which also included a police officer, attorney, teacher and county dignitaries. FPS Associate Superintendent Aaron Johnson provided the opening remarks and participated in the event as well.