Local town hall focuses on school violence

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(TOLEDO) – Representatives of the Buckeye Firearms Association and the Coalition against Gun Violence will share the stage at an upcoming Town Hall meeting Thursday.

Among the other panel members discussing solutions to school violence is teacher Natalie Hixon. She lost her brother in the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Ms. Hixon of Bedford Schools will be part of a one-hour local Town Hall forum to discuss possible solutions to violence in our schools.

The forum will be held at Owens Community College. It will be broadcast and streamed live in front of a live audience of students, administrators and others. 13abc’s Lee Conklin and Diane Larson will host the event.

The Town Hall will feature a panel of guests including Dr. Romules Durant, Superintendent of Toledo Public Schools. Dr. Susan Hayward, superintendent of Washington Local Schools is also among the featured guests.

There will be no general admission at the door due to limited seating and schools and other organizations have selected students who will participate by offering questions to panel members.

 Among those confirmed to be on the panel are law enforcement representatives, a mental health expert, a family member of a school shooting victim, and teachers. The discussion will focus on steps that can be initiated by lawmakers and others aimed at protecting student and faculty.

“The school shootings in Parkland, Fla., not only rocked South Florida, but every community in America.” said Kurt Franck, president/general manager and executive editor of The Blade. “I’m delighted 13ABC and The Blade are bringing together experts to help our community come up solutions to fight gun violence and mental health issues.”

The Town Hall will be broadcast live on 13abc, 13abc.com, The Blade.com, and the 13abc app at 7:00pm without commercial interruption. ABC News will also stream the discussion on its Facebook and YouTube channels.

The event will include audience questions. 13abc’s Kristian Brown and Javonte Anderson from The Blade will introduce participants from the audience.

13abc Action News at 5:00pm and 6:00pm will also be broadcast from Owens Community College prior to the Town Hall with live interviews and reports on school safety.

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