Jenny Alowa, 25 years of teaching at McLaughlin Youth Center August 23, 2016

She said, “I look at them and say, ‘What can you do for me? Show me what you can do.’ They use labels, because they’ve been labeled so many times. ‘I’m ADD. I’m special ed.’ I said, ‘Nope, you’re not a special ed when you’re in this class.’ They’ve learned to label themselves because society has labeled them. They’re embedded in it. And then they’d say, ‘I can do this?'”

She saw some students go on to success in life. And others she cried over, when she saw them on the evening news having committed terrible crimes a adults.

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