ENTREPRENEUR SCHOOL OPEN FOR BUSINESS IN CHARLOTTE
Charlottean Jamal Tate was 18 years old, handcuffed at the wrists and ankles, and leaving jail in the back of a prisoner transport. He'd spent the last two months in Mecklenburg Jail North (one of his many run-ins with the law), where he awaited trial on breaking and entering and larceny charges, which were eventually dismissed. Tate was returning to his single-parent home and E.E. Waddell High School, where he was a few months – and many missed assignments – from graduating. The 45-year-old handcuffed man sharing the transport, however, was on his way to his fifth stint in prison an eight-year sentence."He's telling me about how his kids hate him, his grandkids hate him," Tate recalled. "He said, 'You've been spared. God is giving you a second and third chance.'"