Students at Philadelphia’s Martin Luther King High School heard from an unlikely duo about the consequences of breaking the law.
U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger was the first to speak Thursday in the outreach effort set up by the U.S. attorney’s office.
“I’m in a position where I can take steps to try and make a difference,” Memeger said. “In terms of investigating and prosecuting those persons who engage in narcotics trafficking and firearms trafficking and violent robberies, to try and take them out of the community so that people like you can thrive in these communities.”mi
Then the kids slid to the edge of their seats and really tuned in. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick stepped to the mic to talk about decision-making. He cited his experience before–and after—his conviction for running a dog-fighting ring.
“The worst two years of my life, all because I didn’t make the right decisions,” Vick said.
Vick, who advised the students to use good judgment and become a mentor, also suggested they “develop a relationship with God, first and foremost. I think that could help you. I think if you listen to your mom and dad, I think that could help you.”
Teacher and coach Robert Fitzpatrick said a lot of the students look up to Vick.
“When one of your heroes who you watch on Sunday gives a message, I think there is more of a connection,” Fitzpatrick said.
One 16-year-old, who said he saw dog fighting growing up, said he doubts Vick’s speech will convince kids to turn away from violence but they’re probably happy they saw the football star in person.