Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009
by Jason Tomassini, Amber Parcher, Jeremy Arias and Robert Dongu | Staff Writers
On Nov. 1, a 14-year-old was gunned down on a Ride On bus in Silver Spring. Within hours, friends and classmates texting on cell phones and posting online messages emerged as a diverse army of leaders for their community of young people.
They organized a student-led vigil attended by about 200 teens who shared their grief and fears following the death of Tai Lam, a freshman at Montgomery Blair High School. They also took the first steps towards self-empowerment, strides that a few months later seem to be taking hold where similar adult- and government-led efforts have often floundered.