Students to lead town hall meeting about gun violence, day after teen shot and killed

Students to lead town hall meeting about gun violence, day after teen shot and killed
Nyteria Spigner died after being shot at Inglenook Rec Center
Jerry Tate (Source: WBRC)
Jerry Tate (Source: WBRC)
Morgan Tate (Source: WBRC)
Morgan Tate (Source: WBRC)
Student-led town hall meeting planned for Thursday (Source: WBRC)
Student-led town hall meeting planned for Thursday (Source: WBRC)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - There's growing concern from parents and children alike after yet another teenager's life was taken by gun violence.

Nyteria Spigner, 17, an innocent bystander, was shot and killed during an argument Tuesday night.

Spigner was a student at Huffman High School.

Another Huffman student, Courtlin Arrington, 17, was shot and killed at the school last month.

Now, Birmingham City Schools students are determined to get her peers to put the guns down.

Once again, the Birmingham City Schools family is mourning the loss of one of its own.

The news of Nyteria's death comes just one day before students planned to uncover ways they can get their peers to put the guns down.

"All of the recent killings, they're senseless," said Ramsay High School freshman Morgan Tate. "And it's taking away from our youth and our community."

The shooting death of classmate Arrington is still fresh in students' minds.

"I was kind of shocked because after Courtlin got killed, I kind of thought people would chill out," said Morgan. "But I guess I was wrong.  So something really has to be done."

Morgan is now putting her words into action.

She's a part of Thursday's "Never Again Birmingham" town hall.

It's a student-led movement with one goal: to stop the violence in schools and the community.

But after Spigner's death, the concern for student safety goes beyond the classroom.

"Our next concern is going to be, kids are getting ready to get out for the summer and they're not going to have the security in place of the schools.  They're going to be in places like the Rec Center," said Morgan's father and Birmingham City Schools PTA Officer Jerry Tate. "So, how do we ensure their safety throughout the summer with this senseless violence that's going on throughout the community?"

Police are still searching for the shooter.

The "Never Again Birmingham" meeting is Thursday night at Parker High School from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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