GLEN ROCK, NJ - If you tuned in to any of the networks in the last month, you would have seen coverage of protests in the major cities across the country, but here in Glen Rock, a 17-year-old high school junior has ignited her own movement.
Jenna Ross, a Glen Rock High School student, and close to 50 of her friends, parked themselves at Glen Rock intersections to protest racial inequality and advocate for police reform.
“This is my third protest that I’ve started in Glen Rock,” Jenna said. “The first one was just me and 10 of my friends. We made our own signs.”
The students were sparked by the May 25 murder of George Floyd, a black man, who died under the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer.
Jenna's protests have grown from 10 students to more than 100 over the past several weeks.
“Last weekend, I held a protest and 110 people showed up. I was shocked,” she said. “The New Jersey attorney general, Gurbir Grewal, came and gave me his contact information. I’ve also been in contact with Chief Dean Ackerman, of the Glen Rock Police Department. My protests opened up a conversation between us, the attorney general, and the chief of police.”
Jenna said Chief Ackermann also met with the students separately to listen and answer their questions.
“I never thought that something that just me and my friends started would become such a big deal for this town,” Jenna said. “It’s amazing. We grew to more than 100 people coming out, people honking as they drive by. It just shows what young kids can do in a community.”