School Shooting Victim Gets Full Scholarship to Kentucky State University

Burroughs in his hospital bed.
Burroughs in his hospital bed.

On September 30, 2014, Javaughntay Burroughs, a sophomore honor roll student at Fern Creek High School in Louisville, Kentucky, was walking to his fifth-period class. Not far away, two other students were engaged in an argument. One pulled out a gun and fired. The bullet missed its intended target and instead struck Burroughs in the stomach.

Burroughs remained in the hospital for two weeks but is expected to make a full recovery. A fund was set up to help the family pay for his medical bills.

Now Raymond M. Burse, president of Kentucky State University, has offered Burroughs a full scholarship to attend the university after he graduates from high school. President Burse said that “giving Javaughntay a scholarship is just one less thing for the family to worry about as he focuses on his recovery and getting back to a normal routine.”


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