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We graduated from high school years ago, but who can forget leaving class early and heading down to the auditorium for a lecture by a guest speaker.

Motivational speaker Eric Thomas visited the students at Vashon High School to share his inspiring rise to riches story and encourage the teens to further their education.

While Thomas there to raise money for the kids, he felt disrespected when some students talked through his speech.

After asking the talkative teens to be quiet numerous times, Thomas broke through to the students when he reminded them why he was there in first place and how much he loves them.

“When people love you, you don’t do them like dirt. When people care for you, don’t disrespect them. You ain’t got but a few people who care about you in this world. Didn’t you hear what I just said? If you’re in the wrong place, you’re going to get shot and killed. No one is going to jail for it.

He continued to reach the students with his passionate preaching style.

“You got the nerve to act the fool when somebody cares about you? You’re talking when I’m talking. Do you know that if I go to a Jewish school, those kids are quiet. If I go to a white school, those kids are quiet. If I go to a Latino school, those kids are quiet. The only kids that disrespect me are black kids.”

We need more leaders in the community like Thomas. Glad to see our Black kids getting the love the need to be successful.

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