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Despite pushback, Marcus Shaw got to read his poem about police brutality at Towson High School

Despite pushback, Marcus Shaw got to read his poem about police brutality at Towson High School

When Marcus Shaw, a seventeen-year-old senior at Towson High School, penned his poem "Believe Me" in an English class, he had no idea that the poem would land him in the principal's office. Shaw—who serves as the senior class president, writes for the high school newspaper, is enrolled in the school's Law and Public Policy magnet program, and applied to 16 colleges—made for a sympathetic protagonist in a story that garnered local media coverage and ignited a debate about free speech and race.

"Officer, I'm begging you to believe/That never ever have I smoked weed/And please do not tell me that I have to leave/I need to stay in school and...

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