Vanderbilt students hold rally for slain teen

Vanderbilt students hold rally for slain teen (Image 1)

Vanderbilt University students and staff gathered Tuesday to rally for slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

The “Stand Your Ground” rally took place on Rand Terrace outside Vanderbilt's student center.

Students told Nashville's News 2 they want to raise awareness about legal and cultural issues.

Rally organizer Bronson Worthy said, “Just getting everybody out, spreading awareness, and letting everyone know as a Vanderbilt community what we do stand for and what we don't.  It's going to take everybody to make sure things like this don't happen all of the time.”

Students want to raise awareness about the Florida Stand Your Ground law.  A similar law is also in effect in Tennessee.  Students are working for change beginning with young adults.

“If you can get the people who will soon be empowered to influence the people who are in power now, it will start changing our society from the bottom up,” said student Alex Vann.

A teach-in will be held for students Wednesday night.

The session will educate participants on the Stand Your Ground law.

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