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Teens get serious about violence after triple murder

4 years 4 months 4 days ago Friday, April 11 2014 Apr 11, 2014 April 11, 2014 9:34 PM April 11, 2014 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brittany Weiss

BAKER - Parents, friends, and peers met Friday night, two weeks after three teens were murdered at the Baker Civic Club,  to talk about violence in the community.

"Gun play is serious nowadays," said one teen. "You have to watch you (sic) back. My parents don't let me go out because they fear for me not coming home."

Friday's evening discussion wasn't about Baker and it wasn't about what happened, instead, a panel of eight teens talked about how they want to move forward, and what they need from the community to make that happen.

"They're portrayed to be this good, outgoing person. You wouldn't expect that they'd do this type of thing," said Scottlandville Magnet High School student Madelyn Armwood. "Then when it's all said and done, they're behind bars because of something that they did."

The panel, made of students age 15 to 18, say their eyes are open wider than ever after three of their peers were murdered.  Diontrey Claiborne, 18, Kendal Dorsey, 15, and Marcell Franklin, 15 were killed two weeks ago.

"I'm fearing to go outside," said one student. "My friends ask me to go out, I won't, because I'm fearing for what's going to happen."

The students are asking for more opportunities within their community and higher education standards.

"There can be a million schools in the world, but are we making sure these kids are applying themselves to the certain programs that are available," Scottlandville Magnet High senior Keltrin Burrell asked.

Dr. Maria Shantell Williams, a Zachary-based therapist who organized Friday's summit, says she hopes the community listens closely to what the students are saying.

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