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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB-TV)--While most high school principals focus on education, one is on a mission to simply keep his students alive.
The principal at The Academy at Shawnee is Dr. Keith Look. And he is concerned about graduation rates, test scores and attendance just like any other principal. However, Dr Look also has another focus after losing too many students to gun violence.
Inside the school the trophy case is filled with history and tradition, but the school's past also includes some things most would rather forget.
"It has been a tough year; it has been a tough year. There have been situations like Cheryl Williamson and Curtis Toole and Tysha Spearman and now Dante Newsome and Charles Fambrough," Look says.
Those are the names of some of Dr. Look's students who were the victims of gun violence.
The names include 2010 Shawnee graduates Dante Newsome and Charles Fambrough, who were both killed over the Christmas holiday.
"I got a call from some of my staff at the school that there had been a shooting near the campus," says Dr. Look.
In both cases Dr. Look left his own family to come and check on his students.
He says, "This is part of my family too." And that's why he opened the door of the school Friday during the Christmas break.
"We thought this would be better to bring it inside instead of just having it outside and try to have a joint connection because the boys knew each other from pick up basketball," says Christopher 2X, with Fight Crimes Against Children.
And at least 500 people who knew the victims packed the school's auditorium.
"What we're having is a described reflections ceremony, a joint reflection ceremony for the homicide victims," 2X says.
The two latest victims were friends and Friday, their family members embraced as they continue to grieve for their loved ones.
Metro Police also attended the event. The goal was to talk to the crowd about the importance of police and the community working together.