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Esraa Abdel Fattah, otherwise known as "Facebook Girl", gave the students at McKinley Technology High School in Northeast D.C. a lot to think about Tuesday.

She created a Facebook group back in 2008 pushing for political freedoms and human rights in Egypt. Fattah was arrested at a protest, and jailed once her connection to Facebook was revealed.

"After they arrested me, they found that I am the one who created the Facebook group and the call for this, and I stayed in prison for about 18 days," Fattah says.

Students scribbled questions on index cards and passed them forward during the presentation. Jamal Childs, a senior at McKinley, is fascinated by the fact that Fattah endured so much in the name of freedom.

"I'm pretty sure she didn't expect to get put in jail but the fact that she did and toughed through it really shows a lot about her character," says Childs.

Even after being imprisoned for taking a stand, Fattah is more involved in activism than ever, and challenges the students of McKinley to fight for every cause that matters to them, whether it's through Facebook or another medium.

"Use all the tools to spread their opinion, their point of view," advises Fattah.

This trip is Fattah's first to Washington, D.C.

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