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Western High School students hear anti-violence message

Western High School students hear anti-violence message
Western High School students hear anti-violence message
Western High School students hear anti-violence message
Posted at 4:13 PM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 01:58:08-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A group of about 200 Western High School students sat quietly in the theater listening as Dr. Robert L. Green talked about his time working alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

While Green is a scholar specializing in education and psychology, his message was centered on anti-violence.

This as the school itself has been the scene of some high-profile fights where school police used pepper spray to disperse the crowd. Officers saying at least one of the fights this school year involved "racial differences."

Green said that isn't all that uncommon around the country and told the students the key is treating others as they want to be treated themselves.

"Sometimes around the country students start to see each other as different... not having the same difficulties, the same challenges in life," Green said.

To drive home the point, Green gave much of his speech with a picture for Hispanic civil rights activist Cesar Chavez and Dr. King's widow, Coretta Scott King marching together.

"Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez brothers together. So young people look around, look at yourselves, support each other," Green said.

Western High School Principal Monica Cortez said she welcomed Dr. Green's visit and message as she continues working to encourage students to model the way on campus.

"Students need to understand that people are coming from all different perspectives regardless of ages or their race," Cortez said.

The principal also said she is working to push the Warrior Way initiative to improve the culture of the school.

That improved behavior was on display inside the theater during Green's speech as the crowd of students listened intently to the stories and walked away saying "we all need to come in peace and be a part of stuff."

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