Metro teens take DNC stage, sharing story of fight for equal wages, doing the right thing

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Two Kansas City, Kan., teens took the Democratic National Convention stage Thursday night. The two were fired from a KCK pizza place after asking why their wages weren't equal. Their story went viral. Fast forward one month, the teens were asked to tell that story in front of millions.

"I'm not nervous yet. I don't think I will be... actually that's probably a lie. Yea that's probably a lie," said Jake Reed.

Two anxious Kansas City, Kansas teens sit in an SUV. They Skyped with FOX 4, while being driven to the DNC.

"We probably say this every day. Last month we were applying for a summer job," Reed said.

The two didn't realize, when they filled out an application at the Pizza Studio, their life would never be the same. Jensen Walcott and Reed were hired on the same day, for the same position, yet Jake was offered 25 more cents an hour.

"I thought it was a mistake so I called my new boss to ask. Instead of fixing it, she fired me and Jake for talking about our wages," Jensen Walcott said.

During one of the biggest political events in U.S. history, the two teens passionately spoke of their story to always fight for equality and to know your rights.

"Our story isn't just about fighting for equal pay. It's about doing the right thing and having each other's back. because if we don't do that, nothing will change," Reed said.

When the teens were fired, they could've never imagined it would land them at the convention, taking selfies with senators, having a backstage pass and birds-eye view to what only dozens will see.

The Pizza Studio fired that manager and the teens have new jobs. They're more convinced than ever, that speaking up no matter what your age, has the power to make a change.

"It doesn't matter how old you are we all need to be brave enough to stand up for ourselves and speak up for others. that is what this country is all about. we are stronger when we stand together," Walcott said.

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