Florida Matters: School Violence Town Hall

Florida Matters: School Violence Town Hall
Florida Matters: School Violence Town Hall

The deadly high school shooting in Parkland has people across the nation talking about how to make schools safer. Dozens of Tampa Bay residents and community leaders shared their thoughts on the issue at a recent town hall hosted by the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists.

This week on Florida Matters we’ll hear highlights from the event.

The town hall was held at the Seminole Heights Branch Library in Tampa. Attendees discussed issues related to school safety and gun control.

Florida Matters is featuring excerpts from the panel discussion, which included guests such as Hillsborough County Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins, former Congressman David Jolly, St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway and Pierre Alsint, a senior at Hillsborough High School.

We also hear some questions from the audience.

You can hear more from the event on our podcast Florida Matters More. This week’s episode features another panelist at the school violence town hall, entrepreneur Pat Bhava. He created the app PikMyKid, which uses technology to streamline the process of the school car line.

Share your thoughts on school safety and other Florida Matters topics with us by recording a message or emailing FloridaMatters@wusf.org.


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Robin Sussingham

Robin Trohn Sussingham is a reporter and program host at WUSF Public Broadcasting, and is the producer of Florida Matters. She came to WUSF from public radio stations KUER and KCPW in Utah, has contributed stories to NPR and Marketplace, and also has an extensive background in print reporting. She was born in Lakeland and often reports about Polk County.

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