Dunbar students rally to put spotlight on teen violence in Lexington

Published: Nov. 21, 2016 at 5:09 PM EST
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Students at a Lexington high school came together on Monday afternoon to draw attention to violence in the city and its effect on their peers.

Students held a rally in the auditorium at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School. Students came up with the "We Are The Change" following the shooting death of 15-year old Trinity Gay. Even though Gay was a student at Lafayette High, she went to prom at Dunbar and trained for track there. Many of the students knew her.

After Gay's murder, student reporters at the school newspaper told WKYT'S Monique Blair they were writing a story on her death, and in doing so, found many students at Dunbar who also have been affected by violence and grief.

Even since Gay's death in October, there have been more acts of violence relating to teenagers. On Friday night 17-year-old David Fletcher died in a shooting inside a home on Honey Jay Court. Police say another juvenile killed him.

"The more we began planning it and getting into it, the more we realized what a need there was. And with things happening around the community, it became validation that this is something that needs to happen. We need to talk about this. We need to let these students have their voices heard, and their stories told." said Wendy Turner, an English teach at Dunbar who is also the adviser for the student newspaper.

During the rally, organizers showed a documentary put together by students to the crowd of about 100 people. That documentary highlighted specific issues that students who attend Dunbar are currently facing.