ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Rochester City School District students performed a one-act play Saturday night depicting a harsh reality that many city youth face.

Hundreds attended The School to Prison Pipeline performance at Benjamin Franklin High School.

The story depicted extreme discipline for student behavior, such as getting suspended, expelled or arrested.

Students who attended a day camp over the summer were asked to write poems which were the basis of the play.

“I gave the kids a writing prompt called ‘In My School’ and the things that these kids wrote is what inspired this production,” Director Robert Ricks said. “I read some of their poems and some of their stories and cried.

The cast consisted of students from fifth grade up to seniors in high school.