Monday, February 23, 2009

One Hour Down, 999 to Go: T.I. Does Community Service in St. Louis

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Generally, when a convicted felon is caught with a firearm, the minimum sentence is four years
 and nine months of hard time. Thanks to some astounding work from his attorney, T.I., a felon who pleaded guilty to purchasing machine guns and silencers, faces just one year and one day in prison, plus 1,000 hours of community service.

The only catch is that T.I. must complete all of the community service before he starts serving his time next month. Since he's currently in the midst of a nationwide tour in support of his album, that timeline stands to be somewhat of a challenge. After all, he can't just pull over the tour bus anywhere he pleases, put on an orange vest and pick up some litter. 

As he's done in other cities, the King of the South made a trip to Compton-Drew ILC Middle School in St. Louis a few hours before he took the stage last Thursday with Ludacris at Chaifetz Arena (click here for Kristy Wendt's review of the show), to "talk about the importance of staying in school."

Here's the some of the official account of the appearance from the St. Louis Public Schools' press office.

"T.I. began the presentation by asking students "who want to get paid" to raise their hands." and building upon the idea that "education separates those who have versus those that wish." He wanted students to understand that nothing in life is free, and "if you want more than someone else then you have to work harder than them."

"Who want to get paid?" You gotta give the guy credit, he knows how to grab a poor twelve year-old's attention. 

Press release continues after the jump.

T.I. also talked about sacrifice and how even though he hated getting up at 5:30a.m. to put on roller skates he did so anyways because that is how he landed his movie role. Illustrating the point that "sacrifice means giving up something you like to accomplish something you like more." 

It was an inspirational performance, and as T.I. concluded to a round of applause and ovation he stressed to students that "education is the most valuable thing that you can accomplish in life. It will last longer than anything you can possess."

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