During a meeting today (Wednesday)at Paul Hogue Park, protestors frustrated by the violence surrounding the Park’s East Knoxville community briefly disrupted the meeting delaying remarks from the Mayor. Also some community residents and leaders distraught as the Mayor called for an end to gun violence and senseless killing of young people and others in the community. The meeting is in response to a third teen and third Austin East Magnate High School student shot and killed in less than a month. Vice Mayor Gwen McKenzie says the community is tired of the violence and that an increased police present will be in the area. School Board members saying that Austin East Magnet School is a safe school and the teachers there want to keep their students safe.
Security around Austin East will be increased due to recent shooting deaths. A 15-year-old girl was shot and killed on Selma Avenue last night, last week 16-year-old Stanley Freeman, Jr. will shot and killed leaving school and 15-year-old Justin Taylor was shot and killed by a friend late last month.