EXETER — Students from Exeter High School, Cooperative Middle School, and Phillips Exeter Academy are co-hosting a panel discussion about gun violence on Friday, April 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Exeter Town Hall.
The public is encouraged to attend the event called “Student Forum on Gun Violence.”
Students will express their concerns about the many ways that gun violence impacts children and families: in schools, public spaces, in domestic violence situations, in police encounters, and in suicides.
“We’re inviting a few groups, including police chiefs, student resource officers, and town and state legislators,” said Exeter High School student organizer Ava Liponis. “Our goal for this forum is to have students’ voices heard and have legislators gathered together to hear what students have to say on the matter.”
Liponis said they have invited legislators that represent the SAU 16 communities in hopes they attend the forum, “a more direct way of enacting political change,” she said.
“Except for some consulting and advice, this organization is completely student-led, and we’re very excited to be using our voices to help the community,” Liponis continued.
The forum will be moderated by Dr. Courtney Marshall, instructor in English at Phillips Exeter. The event is sponsored by Exeter Rises, with support from Water Street Bookstore.