There's nothing there.
That's the conclusion that Martin Luther King High School principal William Wade has reached after looking into whether anyone in the community had ever recruited teens to join the school's football squad.
The sun is hot. Water is wet. Teenagers like to sleep in.
These truths we know to be self-evident.
The American Academy of Pediatrics embraced the body clocks of teens in a report last week, saying that classes for middle and high school students should start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.
It's not just the adults who are concerned about the fiscal health of Philadelphia's public schools.
The youngsters who rely on the School District for an education are worried about the state of the system as well.
State Rep. Pam DeLissio invited some of those concerned students to speak alongside her during a sidewalk address Thursday evening outside of Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School in Roxborough.
The Rally for School Funding, as it was dubbed, was designed to raise awareness of the budgetary problems faced by the largest school district in Pennsylvania.
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Alan Jacobs dropped out of Kensington High School at 16 and soon found himself locked up on a gun charge.
His mom, Emma Johnson, felt that her son had completely lost control of his life.
"He wanted to stand on the corner and make fast money," said Johnson. "We talked to him and we talked to him, and he was just headstrong. He wanted the streets."