Owens hosts Town Hall broadcast on school violence tonight

(TOLEDO) - The debate about how to effectively address violence in schools will be the focus of a live 13abc Town Hall meeting and broadcast tonight. Representatives of the Buckeye Firearms Association and the Coalition against Gun Violence will share the stage.

The discussion follows a February shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead at a high school.

Teacher Natalie Hixon lost her brother in the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Ms. Hixon of Bedford Schools will be part of the 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 features a panel of guests including Hixon, Dr. Romules Durant, Superintendent of Toledo Public Schools and Dr. Susan Hayward, superintendent of Washington Local Schools. Also included are Dr. Victoria Kelly, University of Toledo, Toledo Federation of Teachers President Kevin Dalton and Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn.

Diana Ruiz-Krause, Toledo Public Schools Security Chief Diana Ruiz-Krause and Mark King, OCC chair Criminal Justice and Emergency Services will participate.

There will be no general admission at the door due to limited seating. About 250 members of the audience, mostly students, will be presenting their questions. At least one state lawmaker will be in the audience.

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.

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 special reports on school safety.