Black kids know, as early as the 2nd grade, that they can be killed by the police.
Directions: Add a predicate to each sentence below.
1. The police officer: "killed a boy"—2nd grade Black student in New Jersey pic.twitter.com/FIRWmVPVZi
— Ryan P. Haygood (@RyanPHaygood) April 12, 2018
Children are oftentimes far more observant and profound than we may assume. The latest proof comes in the form of a second grade student's answer to a simple homework question about the police. His eye-opening answer — which touches on the reality for some black adolescents growing up in today's society — has since gone viral.
When asked to write a predicate to complete a sentence starting with "the police officer," the student wrote, "killed a boy." Ryan P. Haygood, president of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, later tweeted the young child's heart-wrenching answer and said, "Black kids know, as early as the 2nd grade, that they can be killed by the police."
It appears the teacher gave this student a "C" for correct, according to Twitter users. While this may have been an elementary-age homework assignment, we all have an opportunity to learn a valuable lesson here: even second graders are woefully aware of the times we live in.