Second regional Youth Town Hall on Violence takes place Monday evening

Students on a Harrisburg school bus (AP Photo/Argus Leader, Joe Ahlquist)

SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) – Students, school officials, and community leaders from the Harrisburg area will talk about preventing violence during a town hall meeting Monday evening.

The second regional Youth Town Hall on Violence will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Susquehanna Township High School at 3500 Elmerton Avenue in Harrisburg.

Issues such as drug abuse, social media, bullying, fighting, and relationships with authorities and police will be discussed. Students are encouraged to attend and ask questions.

Susquehanna Township Public Safety Director Robert Martin and Superintendent Tod Kline will give opening statements. Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse and Police Chief Tom Carter will attend the event. Officials from Susquehanna Township, Middletown, Steelton, and other places near Harrisburg will also be there. Students throughout the Harrisburg area will speak on the panel. The school board director of Susquehanna Township High School and a cheerleading coach for Susquehanna Township schools will moderate the event.

Government, law enforcement, and school officials hope these town halls can engage teenagers on violence and drug abuse and begin a conversation on how they can prevent them in their communities.

Papenfuse says his goal is to use some of the ideas from the town hall to lower violence.

Harrisburg is working on putting a hotline together so people can report issues before they escalate into violence.

Hundreds of people turned out for the first meeting last month.


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