Peel Dem Layers Back
PDLB ISSUES STATEMENT ON THE ARREST OF STUDENT WITH UNLOADED PELLET GUN AT THEODORE HIGH SCHOOL
November 10, 2021 –– We are deeply saddened by the event that took place today at Theodore Roosevelt High School. We could not have anticipated this happening to one of the participants of our Cope Dealer Initiative on the very first day of our partnership launch with the school. We are grateful that one of our Cope Dealer facilitators, who is also a Licensed Social Worker, was on-site and in the classroom during the apprehension of the student upon discovery of the unloaded pellet gun. Moreover, we are grateful that no one was harmed.
“Situations like these are why our Cope Dealer Initiative is essential for students (particularly Black boys) who are going through mental challenges. The fact that one of our facilitators was there during this time was nothing but divine intervention,” stated Archie Green, Founder and CEO of Peel Dem Layers Back.
The cause of this student to bring the unloaded pellet gun to school is unknown at this time. We are awaiting guidance from the school on how to move forward and plan to work with the other students that may have been traumatized by this unfortunate situation as we continue our 10-week cohort program. Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, staff and family of Theodore Roosevelt High School.
About Cope Dealer Initiative
Cope Dealer, produced by Peel Dem Layers Back, is a 10-week comprehensive mental health awareness workshop designed to address areas of mental health impacting the African-American males and offering practical ways to cope with daily stressors. This is a safe space for Black men to discuss the complexities of manhood, Blackness, and how it pertains to their mental health and well-being. We will cover mental health, relationships, leadership, creativity, and any other areas of interest of the group. Learn more at pdlb.org.
Crystal Greer / firstname.lastname@example.org
I need a chance, a helping hand, that will peel my layers back and unveil a better man.
There ain't a cage that can contain me or a psalm that could soothe me.
There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.
- PEEL DEM LAYERS BACK
I am the caged bird singing, the rose in the concrete, and the mad dog out in these streets.
I am the shaman and the sinner, the man you're expecting to me to be.
And even with all the praise and the glaring lights on the stage
I am still trying to find out, what is Me?