A group in Grainger County is praying for the recovery of a student attacked last month at Washburn High School.
On Saturday night classmate Amanda Dunn organized a vigil hoping to start a community conversation about the bullying she says she sees in class.
It began last month when a fifteen year old student was attacked at their high school, sending her to the hospital.
Her step-sister reports the girl underwent surgery to repair bones in her face.
Four teens were charged in the case
Grainger County Chief Deputy Charles Biddle says they don't believe the victim in this case was bullied.
He says their investigation shows the assault was the result of an argument and that the victim and at least one of her attackers had been friends.
Dunn says regardless of the circumstances of the case, bullying is an issue in their community.
Dunn knows what it's like to the 'the new girl.' She didn't grow up in Grainger County, something she shares with the victim.
"I know what it's like not to fit in, to be different from everybody else," says Dunn. "If nobody was going to stand up for her, I was going to."
They light candles Saturday at the Clinch Mountain Overlook and prayed for their community and shared stories of bullying.
One girl shared how she tried to reach out to teachers when she says classmates were bullying her, but got no relief.
"If nothings done about it at the school, go further, go higher," urged Dunn. "Go until there's something done about it. Because it's not right, it's not okay. It's not typical high school."
The victims step sister says she doesn't know if the student will return to Washburn High School, or transfer out.