JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local charter school is finding teachable moments from the recent high-profile Michael Dunn murder trial. Dunn was charged with murdering 17-year-old Jordan Davis. There was a hung jury on the murder charge, but the jury convicted the Brevard County man on three counts of attempted murder.
The Wayman Academy of the Arts is using the trial to help guide young students in the consequences of bad decision making and the importance of making good choices. Investigators say the fatal shooting that took Davis's life was triggered by loud music.
Pastor Mark Griffin meets often with the 4th and 5th grade boys he mentors. Coach Tony Bunion is also part of the team that counsels students in the importance of making good choices.
"I don't want you to end up as another Trayvon Martin. I don't want you to end up as another Jordan Davis," the pastor told the students who knew all about the murder trial.
"Sometimes it is better to just let things go, just walk away," said Griffin who stressed that sometime that is the better option.
Coach Bunion talked about his life experiences including having a cousin murdered.
"I was a respectful young man anytime an adult said anything to me," said Bunion who told the young students that "respect" is a valuable character trait.
Most of the students in the class said they have no fathers in their homes and many said they had family members in jail. Griffin says these children need to know that is not normal.