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Fern Creek Students come together to help classmate who was shot

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- One week after a student was shot on his way to class, some of his classmates are giving up part of their fall break to help him. Those students returned to the hallways of Fern Creek High School to organize help for their friend.

"I was like five feet away from it," said Kerri Edens, FCHS Junior.

Edens witnessed the chaos following last week's school shooting there.  She said, "And we just hear this almost like bang pop, it wasn't very loud but it was loud enough to startle people."

Police eventually arrested a teenager who had recently transferred to the school.  He's accused of shooting 15-year-old honor student Javaughntay Burroughs, a student who police say wasn't even his target.

One week later, students have given up the last day of fall break to raise money to pay for Javaunhntay's mounting medical bills.

"We have a lot of school spirit," said junior Savannah Smith. 

Students are using that school spirit to create tee-shirts in four different colors. They'll all include the slogan "FC Proud" and benefit their injured classmate.

"We're going to sell it to see which class buys the most and all of the proceeds will go to Javaughntay," Savannah added.

"We wanted to uplift that family and get creative in terms of ways that we can support them and their family needs," said Dr. Nate Meyer, FCHS Principal.

Dr. Meyer says he's not just proud of what students are doing to help their classmate, but also proud of how they responded last week.  "My pride in them really showed on that second day, that Thursday when we had 92 percent student attendance."

Dr. Meyer says it's unfortunate that the shooting tainted what would have been a week of celebration after receiving the results of district wide accountability testing.

"In each of the categories that the state accesses, Fern Creek high school increased, so we are very proud of our results," explained Dr. Meyer.

Meanwhile, students know it will be a while before the school can make a full recovery.

"It's not going to go away," said Savannah.

But she also says, there is an upside. "As a school I think we feel closer to each other."

Students are hoping to raise money to help with medical bills.  They also say this is just one of many things in the works to help their friend and classmate.

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