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 Mark Pope, 17, is a senior at Northern High School in Durham, N.C. He moved to Durham from Washington, D.C., after his freshman year because he was starting to get into trouble. He was taken in by other family after leaving his grandmother's.   Here he plays his small broken keyboard while sitting on his single bed with stains on the mattress, March 29, 2013, at his home in Durham, N.C.. Pope's music teacher says he has shown great talent and improvement, but Pope is unsure whether he'll pursue it as a career. Right now, he's just concerned with graduating on time and getting into college.   

Mark Pope, 17, is a senior at Northern High School in Durham, N.C. He moved to Durham from Washington, D.C., after his freshman year because he was starting to get into trouble. He was taken in by other family after leaving his grandmother's. 

Here he plays his small broken keyboard while sitting on his single bed with stains on the mattress, March 29, 2013, at his home in Durham, N.C.. Pope's music teacher says he has shown great talent and improvement, but Pope is unsure whether he'll pursue it as a career. Right now, he's just concerned with graduating on time and getting into college.

 

 A friend spots Maverick Brunson during weightlifting class at Northern High School, in Durham, N.C., March 28, 2013. Brunson, 18, is a fifth year senior who's looking toward graduation this June. When he had his first child, Madi, last year, he slacked off at school and fell behind.

A friend spots Maverick Brunson during weightlifting class at Northern High School, in Durham, N.C., March 28, 2013. Brunson, 18, is a fifth year senior who's looking toward graduation this June. When he had his first child, Madi, last year, he slacked off at school and fell behind.

 Mark Pope listens to his adopted parents talk to him about why he's defined as "at-risk", a term he doesn't think applies to him, March 29, 2013. Pope was placed in a program for "at-risk youth" when he moved to Durham, N.C., from Washington, D.C., because he frequently skipped school.   Now a senior, Pope will graduate in June - on time - and hopes to attend North Carolina Central University. He still skips school occasionally and ends up in In School Suspension.

Mark Pope listens to his adopted parents talk to him about why he's defined as "at-risk", a term he doesn't think applies to him, March 29, 2013. Pope was placed in a program for "at-risk youth" when he moved to Durham, N.C., from Washington, D.C., because he frequently skipped school. 

Now a senior, Pope will graduate in June - on time - and hopes to attend North Carolina Central University. He still skips school occasionally and ends up in In School Suspension.

 Mark Pope chills with his girlfriend, Justine, during lunch at Northern High School, in Durham, N.C., April 10, 2013.

Mark Pope chills with his girlfriend, Justine, during lunch at Northern High School, in Durham, N.C., April 10, 2013.

 Andrew Wiggins, junior, reads during In School Suspension (ISS) at Northern High School in Durham, N.C., April 12, 2013, after his teacher said Wiggins spoke out and cursed at him. Wiggins said it never happened but had to come to ISS anyway.

Andrew Wiggins, junior, reads during In School Suspension (ISS) at Northern High School in Durham, N.C., April 12, 2013, after his teacher said Wiggins spoke out and cursed at him. Wiggins said it never happened but had to come to ISS anyway.

 Mark Pope plays basketball at a neighbor's house with his neighbor and younger siblings during spring break, March 29, 2013, in Durham, N.C. Pope's house consists of his two adopted parents and six younger siblings. He stays in an enclosed add-on room that's about the size of a small screen porch.

Mark Pope plays basketball at a neighbor's house with his neighbor and younger siblings during spring break, March 29, 2013, in Durham, N.C. Pope's house consists of his two adopted parents and six younger siblings. He stays in an enclosed add-on room that's about the size of a small screen porch.

   Pope waits for his girlfriend to answer his call. He doesn't have his own cell phone or a car, so he depends completely on his parents to get in touch with friends and to go anywhere.   Pope's biological mother committed suicide on Christmas last year after years of drug abuse and addiction. Pope wasn't allowed to see her for Thanksgiving and so didn't see his mother for months before she killed herself.

Pope waits for his girlfriend to answer his call. He doesn't have his own cell phone or a car, so he depends completely on his parents to get in touch with friends and to go anywhere. 

Pope's biological mother committed suicide on Christmas last year after years of drug abuse and addiction. Pope wasn't allowed to see her for Thanksgiving and so didn't see his mother for months before she killed herself.

 Maverick Brunson hugs his mother during an Easter service at a church in East Durham, N.C., March 31, 2013. Brunson moved out of his mom's house last year and has lived with his older brother, cousins and friends to try and find a place that fits.    

Maverick Brunson hugs his mother during an Easter service at a church in East Durham, N.C., March 31, 2013. Brunson moved out of his mom's house last year and has lived with his older brother, cousins and friends to try and find a place that fits. 

 

 Northern High School ISS teacher Keith Neequaye addresses the students sent to his class on the morning of April 12, 2013. Everyday Neequaye sees young men and women come into his classroom with a potential that he fears they will never achieve.   He said that the term "at-risk" is just the politically correct term for "blacks and latinos", and that the definition doesn't define anything or help these young men rise above their situations.   He hopes to change their conversation, and with that, their mindset on what is normal and what will help them get further in life. He knows they're intelligent, but he wants them to recognize it, too.

Northern High School ISS teacher Keith Neequaye addresses the students sent to his class on the morning of April 12, 2013. Everyday Neequaye sees young men and women come into his classroom with a potential that he fears they will never achieve. 

He said that the term "at-risk" is just the politically correct term for "blacks and latinos", and that the definition doesn't define anything or help these young men rise above their situations. 

He hopes to change their conversation, and with that, their mindset on what is normal and what will help them get further in life. He knows they're intelligent, but he wants them to recognize it, too.

 Jamik Corley, a 16-year-old freshman, center, roams the halls during class at Northern High School in Durham, N.C., with two others Friday, April 12, 2013. Corley ended up skipping out of school that day, while the two with him ended up in ISS.  Corley lost his mother to cancer more than a year ago and now spends his time between many different homes as his father is not able to properly care for him.   He wants to go to college, but he's not sure how he'll get through high school on time since he's already behind. He knows that dropping out isn't going to solve anything, even though he's been suspended for skipping multiple times this year.

Jamik Corley, a 16-year-old freshman, center, roams the halls during class at Northern High School in Durham, N.C., with two others Friday, April 12, 2013. Corley ended up skipping out of school that day, while the two with him ended up in ISS.

Corley lost his mother to cancer more than a year ago and now spends his time between many different homes as his father is not able to properly care for him. 

He wants to go to college, but he's not sure how he'll get through high school on time since he's already behind. He knows that dropping out isn't going to solve anything, even though he's been suspended for skipping multiple times this year.

 Maverick Brunson smokes a Black&Mild cigarette in his car after getting off his 8-hour shift at Food Lion in Durham, N.C., April 17, 2013. Brunson works more than 40 hours a week to provide for himself, his 1-year-old child, Madi, and his baby mama.

Maverick Brunson smokes a Black&Mild cigarette in his car after getting off his 8-hour shift at Food Lion in Durham, N.C., April 17, 2013. Brunson works more than 40 hours a week to provide for himself, his 1-year-old child, Madi, and his baby mama.

 Maverick Brunson walks with two friends on his last required day at Northern High School in Durham, N.C., on April 10, 2013. An adviser had just informed him that as long as he passes his online class, he doesn't need to worry about coming to his classes at school anymore. She wants him to focus on his job and his child.   Brunson said it was a relief. He's been skipping class a lot for exhaustion of working so much, seeing family, trying to spend time with his daughter and trying to pass his classes. He said that life was going fine but now, "it's like everything just collapsed."

Maverick Brunson walks with two friends on his last required day at Northern High School in Durham, N.C., on April 10, 2013. An adviser had just informed him that as long as he passes his online class, he doesn't need to worry about coming to his classes at school anymore. She wants him to focus on his job and his child. 

Brunson said it was a relief. He's been skipping class a lot for exhaustion of working so much, seeing family, trying to spend time with his daughter and trying to pass his classes. He said that life was going fine but now, "it's like everything just collapsed."

Mark Pope, 17, is a senior at Northern High School in Durham, N.C. He moved to Durham from Washington, D.C., after his freshman year because he was starting to get into trouble. He was taken in by other family after leaving his grandmother's. 

Here he plays his small broken keyboard while sitting on his single bed with stains on the mattress, March 29, 2013, at his home in Durham, N.C.. Pope's music teacher says he has shown great talent and improvement, but Pope is unsure whether he'll pursue it as a career. Right now, he's just concerned with graduating on time and getting into college.

 

A friend spots Maverick Brunson during weightlifting class at Northern High School, in Durham, N.C., March 28, 2013. Brunson, 18, is a fifth year senior who's looking toward graduation this June. When he had his first child, Madi, last year, he slacked off at school and fell behind.

Mark Pope listens to his adopted parents talk to him about why he's defined as "at-risk", a term he doesn't think applies to him, March 29, 2013. Pope was placed in a program for "at-risk youth" when he moved to Durham, N.C., from Washington, D.C., because he frequently skipped school. 

Now a senior, Pope will graduate in June - on time - and hopes to attend North Carolina Central University. He still skips school occasionally and ends up in In School Suspension.

Mark Pope chills with his girlfriend, Justine, during lunch at Northern High School, in Durham, N.C., April 10, 2013.

Andrew Wiggins, junior, reads during In School Suspension (ISS) at Northern High School in Durham, N.C., April 12, 2013, after his teacher said Wiggins spoke out and cursed at him. Wiggins said it never happened but had to come to ISS anyway.

Mark Pope plays basketball at a neighbor's house with his neighbor and younger siblings during spring break, March 29, 2013, in Durham, N.C. Pope's house consists of his two adopted parents and six younger siblings. He stays in an enclosed add-on room that's about the size of a small screen porch.

Pope waits for his girlfriend to answer his call. He doesn't have his own cell phone or a car, so he depends completely on his parents to get in touch with friends and to go anywhere. 

Pope's biological mother committed suicide on Christmas last year after years of drug abuse and addiction. Pope wasn't allowed to see her for Thanksgiving and so didn't see his mother for months before she killed herself.

Maverick Brunson hugs his mother during an Easter service at a church in East Durham, N.C., March 31, 2013. Brunson moved out of his mom's house last year and has lived with his older brother, cousins and friends to try and find a place that fits. 

 

Northern High School ISS teacher Keith Neequaye addresses the students sent to his class on the morning of April 12, 2013. Everyday Neequaye sees young men and women come into his classroom with a potential that he fears they will never achieve. 

He said that the term "at-risk" is just the politically correct term for "blacks and latinos", and that the definition doesn't define anything or help these young men rise above their situations. 

He hopes to change their conversation, and with that, their mindset on what is normal and what will help them get further in life. He knows they're intelligent, but he wants them to recognize it, too.

Jamik Corley, a 16-year-old freshman, center, roams the halls during class at Northern High School in Durham, N.C., with two others Friday, April 12, 2013. Corley ended up skipping out of school that day, while the two with him ended up in ISS.

Corley lost his mother to cancer more than a year ago and now spends his time between many different homes as his father is not able to properly care for him. 

He wants to go to college, but he's not sure how he'll get through high school on time since he's already behind. He knows that dropping out isn't going to solve anything, even though he's been suspended for skipping multiple times this year.

Maverick Brunson smokes a Black&Mild cigarette in his car after getting off his 8-hour shift at Food Lion in Durham, N.C., April 17, 2013. Brunson works more than 40 hours a week to provide for himself, his 1-year-old child, Madi, and his baby mama.

Maverick Brunson walks with two friends on his last required day at Northern High School in Durham, N.C., on April 10, 2013. An adviser had just informed him that as long as he passes his online class, he doesn't need to worry about coming to his classes at school anymore. She wants him to focus on his job and his child. 

Brunson said it was a relief. He's been skipping class a lot for exhaustion of working so much, seeing family, trying to spend time with his daughter and trying to pass his classes. He said that life was going fine but now, "it's like everything just collapsed."

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 Mark Pope, 17, is a senior at Northern High School in Durham, N.C. He moved to Durham from Washington, D.C., after his freshman year because he was starting to get into trouble. He was taken in by other family after leaving his grandmother's.   Here he plays his small broken keyboard while sitting on his single bed with stains on the mattress, March 29, 2013, at his home in Durham, N.C.. Pope's music teacher says he has shown great talent and improvement, but Pope is unsure whether he'll pursue it as a career. Right now, he's just concerned with graduating on time and getting into college.   
 A friend spots Maverick Brunson during weightlifting class at Northern High School, in Durham, N.C., March 28, 2013. Brunson, 18, is a fifth year senior who's looking toward graduation this June. When he had his first child, Madi, last year, he slacked off at school and fell behind.
 Mark Pope listens to his adopted parents talk to him about why he's defined as "at-risk", a term he doesn't think applies to him, March 29, 2013. Pope was placed in a program for "at-risk youth" when he moved to Durham, N.C., from Washington, D.C., because he frequently skipped school.   Now a senior, Pope will graduate in June - on time - and hopes to attend North Carolina Central University. He still skips school occasionally and ends up in In School Suspension.
 Mark Pope chills with his girlfriend, Justine, during lunch at Northern High School, in Durham, N.C., April 10, 2013.
 Andrew Wiggins, junior, reads during In School Suspension (ISS) at Northern High School in Durham, N.C., April 12, 2013, after his teacher said Wiggins spoke out and cursed at him. Wiggins said it never happened but had to come to ISS anyway.
 Mark Pope plays basketball at a neighbor's house with his neighbor and younger siblings during spring break, March 29, 2013, in Durham, N.C. Pope's house consists of his two adopted parents and six younger siblings. He stays in an enclosed add-on room that's about the size of a small screen porch.
   Pope waits for his girlfriend to answer his call. He doesn't have his own cell phone or a car, so he depends completely on his parents to get in touch with friends and to go anywhere.   Pope's biological mother committed suicide on Christmas last year after years of drug abuse and addiction. Pope wasn't allowed to see her for Thanksgiving and so didn't see his mother for months before she killed herself.
 Maverick Brunson hugs his mother during an Easter service at a church in East Durham, N.C., March 31, 2013. Brunson moved out of his mom's house last year and has lived with his older brother, cousins and friends to try and find a place that fits.    
 Northern High School ISS teacher Keith Neequaye addresses the students sent to his class on the morning of April 12, 2013. Everyday Neequaye sees young men and women come into his classroom with a potential that he fears they will never achieve.   He said that the term "at-risk" is just the politically correct term for "blacks and latinos", and that the definition doesn't define anything or help these young men rise above their situations.   He hopes to change their conversation, and with that, their mindset on what is normal and what will help them get further in life. He knows they're intelligent, but he wants them to recognize it, too.
 Jamik Corley, a 16-year-old freshman, center, roams the halls during class at Northern High School in Durham, N.C., with two others Friday, April 12, 2013. Corley ended up skipping out of school that day, while the two with him ended up in ISS.  Corley lost his mother to cancer more than a year ago and now spends his time between many different homes as his father is not able to properly care for him.   He wants to go to college, but he's not sure how he'll get through high school on time since he's already behind. He knows that dropping out isn't going to solve anything, even though he's been suspended for skipping multiple times this year.
 Maverick Brunson smokes a Black&Mild cigarette in his car after getting off his 8-hour shift at Food Lion in Durham, N.C., April 17, 2013. Brunson works more than 40 hours a week to provide for himself, his 1-year-old child, Madi, and his baby mama.
 Maverick Brunson walks with two friends on his last required day at Northern High School in Durham, N.C., on April 10, 2013. An adviser had just informed him that as long as he passes his online class, he doesn't need to worry about coming to his classes at school anymore. She wants him to focus on his job and his child.   Brunson said it was a relief. He's been skipping class a lot for exhaustion of working so much, seeing family, trying to spend time with his daughter and trying to pass his classes. He said that life was going fine but now, "it's like everything just collapsed."