BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Current and former Ravens players were out in the community Thursday supporting the city.
Gigi Barnett has more on their message.
“When the cameras are gone, what are y’all going to do to help us fight this fight?” said one resident.
Gripping questions and bold solutions.
“The other thing we’re going to do is we’re going to get lights on that football field,” said Coach John Harbaugh.
This is the tough talk members of the Ravens set out to have with students of Frederick Douglass High School in northwest Baltimore after cameras caught some students leaving early on Monday and clashing with police; they hurled rocks and bricks, injuring officers.
Head Coach John Harbaugh and former linebackers Ray Lewis and OJ Brigance asked the city to get involved; city leaders pointed them to Douglass High.
The Ravens issued a challenge to students.
“Over the next 30 days, if you do nothing else…do everything differently than you’ve always done if you’re looking for different results,” said Ray Lewis.
Some students say the school got a bad rap after Monday’s riots. Most of the students want peaceful protests and change, not the violence that shocked the city.
“Douglass is not all about what you see in the media. We were all trying to do something together,” said student Montreze Watts. “This is where we come from.”
Ray Lewis was supposed to be at the first round of the NFL draft in Chicago Thursday night but he and the television network he works for agreed that he should skip the draft to talk with students.