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Mayor Vincent Gray says he likes to hear about issues directly from the kids in the District.
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Mayor Vincent Gray says he likes to hear about issues directly from the kids in the District.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray held his third town hall this year focusing on issues facing students.

Gray says just because these students are young, it shouldn't count against them. During the town hall, some kids complained about bad school lunches, but a few students asked the Mayor to help address safety issues at their schools.

A boy who identified himself as Anthony told Gray the city needs to provide more security for students as they walk to Metro stations after school because kids are getting assaulted on their way home.

"I saw at least three kids get robbed and a couple of my friends got their passes taken, punched in the face and jumped," Anthony says. "So I just wanted to figure out how we could better our security after school, because I know I don't want to get jumped."

Alonzo Shaw told the mayor that Metro police are often focused on activity on the trains themselves, which gives young troublemakers free reign outside of Metro stations, as kids come home from school.

"So what I'm asking is if you can put more police at the stations," says Shaw.

Gray says he's looking into the request, and will try to get Metro police to work better with the District's other police units to provide better protection for students. 

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