Lexington 7th graders call for change through school rally

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)- Some young Lexington students want a commitment from public officials to make sure their schools are safe.

Two students from Edythe J. Hayes Middle are planning a rally that they say is a way to give a voice to their fellow students while hopefully spurring change at the same time.

In the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting students have felt empowered to advocate for change.

Here in Lexington that budding activism is no different.

Inside Edythe J. Hayes Middle School a student led movement is gaining momentum.

"This is important because we've let adults handle this topic for a long time, we feel as kids it's time for us to step in and for us to voice our opinion," said Jamison Gordon.

Moved by the violence of recent school shootings, Jamison Gordon and Clementine Coomes, both seventh graders came up with their own assignment for change.

"We went to our principal one day and we said look this is something that is very important to us and we want to make a difference and how can we do that?" said Gordon.

The classmates were given the go ahead to hold the Hayes Rally for Safer Schools, a non-political event to give students an outlet to be a voice.

"This is important because there have been a lot of school shootings lately and we need to change that and students should feel safe," said Clementine Coomes.

On March 14th students at Hayes are encouraged to leave their 7th hour class and go to a rally in the gym. The students have invited the Mayor, council members and school board members. It will also honor the victims of school violence. As for the conversation, these young ladies hope it sparks real change.

"We hope that the conversation will be about getting funding for more school safety and for our councilmen and legislators to step in and really make a difference," said Gordon.

The Hayes Rally for Safer Schools will be held on March 14th, the same day as the National School Walkout to be held at schools all across the country.

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