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‘I, Too, Am B-CC’ Stirs Major Response from MCPS Community

I too am BCC

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School has a reputation of high graduation and success rates, yet statistics do not reflect the full reality. In the video ‘I, Too, Am B-CC’, many B-CC students discussed lingering prejudices and perceptions of the achievement gap, a significant and persistent school-wide disparity in academic performance or educational attainment between different groups of students

“I remember coming into the room [after] one of our academic practices and [saw] one of the girls talking to another guy and saying, ‘oh she only got in because she’s black,’” said Makdes Hailu, a B-CC student. She and other students explained the struggles of being an African American teenager in the video that originated as a school project for a film class.

“They say you’re this way because of whatever physical features you have or what other ethnic, social, or racial background you have; and people see that and they’re like, ‘okay well if everyone is telling me that I have to be this way then I guess I should be this way,’” said Tiffany McLeary, a student featured in the video.

The video has stirred a major response among other Montgomery County high schools. Next month, the student producers of, “I, Too, Am B-CC” plan to work together with other Montgomery County students to create a video called, “I, Too, Am MCPS.”  Students from neighboring high schools such as Whitman, Wootton, and Walter Johnson have been inspired to create a movement in their schools as well.

Students at B-CC High School are determined to make a change. “I want the gap to be gone,” said Ms. Mauer, an English teacher at B-CC.  To do so, students will prepare presentations about the topic and organize forums around the school.  “To make a change in the world, we need to make a change in ourselves,” says Orlando Pinder, the creator of the video.

The video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KpKEFEpHms.

Article by the MoCo Student Staff Writer Corina Davis of BCC High School

Image from “I, too, am B-CC” video

 

About The MoCo Student

In 2012, Student Member of the Board of Education John Mannes created a countywide press network to help build a conduit to share fresh and relevant information written by youth to the wider Montgomery County student body.

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