These photos are about the metal detectors. I took them in the morning, when students were coming into the school. I took the photos to show what we have to go through when we come to school in the morning. We have to take our shoes off, take our hats off, shake our dreads out, take everything out of our pockets…it takes too much time. We are late to class because we wait in line to go through the metal detector and then we have to gather all of our stuff back up and put all of our clothes back on. It makes me mad because other schools don’t have to go through all of this. We feel violated. We get stripped just to come into school. We are already in an alternative school, and being searched makes us feel like we’re in jail. I come to school because I want to come to school, but going through the metal detectors makes me not want to come because I have to take everything off, and it makes me feel bad because it reinforces the idea of us feeling like criminals…but we’re not, we’re students trying to get our education.