By Hadas Kuznits
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Students at Masterman High School today protested the justice system that failed to indict the officers they believe were responsible for the deaths of two unarmed black men.READ MORE: Pennsbury School Board President Details Violent Threats Made Against Board Members
Ty Parks was one of the student organizers of the “die-in” at Masterman, the magnet school (grades 5-12) at 17th and Spring Garden Streets.
“(After) the lack of indictment of Eric Garner’s killer, I woke up the next morning and I just felt like I had to do something. I had to be a part of the movement,” he said today.
Amijah Townsend, president of the African-American Cultural Committee, participated along with about 200 other students who played dead in the hallway for four and a half minutes, or sat nearby in solidarity with their peers.
“We realize that it’s not going to take a bunch of people just with sad feelings to make a change,” he told KYW Newsradio. “It’s going to take more protesting, activism, leaders, people who want to make a change and who are going to do that publicly — you know, willing to be those leaders of our generation, of our student body.”READ MORE: 7-Year-Old Boy Killed In Strawberry Mansion Hit-And-Run, Police Say
The protest was to symbolize the 4½ hours that the body of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was left lying in the street in Ferguson, Mo., after he was shot to death by police officer Darren Wilson.
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