Last week, the popular photo series Humans of New York posted the picture and story of Vidal Chastanet, a Grade 8 student from Brownsville who, when asked who has most influenced his life, praised his Mott Hall Bridges Academy principal, Ms. Lopez.
"When we get in trouble, she doesn’t suspend us. She calls us to her office and explains to us how society was built down around us. And she tells us that each time somebody fails out of school, a new jail cell gets built. And one time she made every student stand up, one at a time, and she told each one of us that we matter,” he told photographer and blog creator Brandon Stanton.
Stanton was so moved by the boy’s respect for his principal — and by the viral response to the story — that he met with the famous Ms. Lopez.
"I ask people all the time about the most influential person in their life, and he was the first person who ever told me his principal," Stanton wrote in an email to CNN. “Then when I met Ms. Lopez, I could not have beenRead More »from ’Humans of New York’ project raises over $700K to send students to Harvard