Growth Point Church leads prayer service at the steps of Tates Creek High School

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)-On the steps of Tates Creek High School a community of students, parents, teachers, and neighbors join together in one voice. Growth Point Church Pastor Mario Radford leads the crowd gathered singing, “There’s power in the name of Jesus…to break every chain, break every chain, break every chain.”

In the past two weeks three students brought guns with them to the high school, two of them loaded, and at the top of mind for many a 17-year-old-boy who was shot and killed Friday night just down the way.

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Tates Creek Middle School teacher Michael Brady says we shouldn’t rush to judgement.

Brady addresses the crowd saying, “There’s great desire for the best for our children here, yet the first thing we want to do is try to point our fingers, what’s the problem, who’s to blame. So I prayed and asked god and I got an answer…I’m to blame, you’re to blame, you’re all to blame.”

He and Pastor Mario Radford believe the best way to start making positive change in the community is to look inside and join in prayer.

Pastor Radford says, “It affects all of us, and I feel like that’s the village mentality that’s needed, to say all of our children, our child is my child.”

It’s still unclear why the students felt the need to bring guns to school, school officials say in all three cases it had to do with issues going on off campus. Principal Sam Meaux assured parents at a community forum on Wednesday that school is the safest place for their children.

Pastor Radford closed the prayer service by saying, “I pray for the administration, we pray for the superintendent, we pray for the security officers. We pray for everything, the parents, the students in this area God.”

In the ground they leave behind golf tees, marked with scripture, as a lasting reminder of their prayer.