Our children do not feel safe at school. That is the new reality for today’s youth. After the recent tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida these concerns are being expressed more than ever by local students. Channel 4, The Local Station in partnership with the Public Policy Institute at Jacksonville University presents Generation Under Fire, a town hall discussion to explore how our children really feel when they go to school and what can be done to keep them safe.
As Jacksonville’s only truly local television station, WJXT will lead a meaningful discussion with students, parents, educators and law enforcement about the ways in which dangerous situations are handled in our local school districts. We will also explore how students—more outspoken and eager to participate than ever before—can get involved to help prevent a tragedy from happening in a Jacksonville area school.
Hosted by News4JAX anchors Kent Justice and Melanie Lawson, the live town hall will try to answer the question, how do we keep our kids safe? News4JAX will also lead a SnapChat discussion during the program on the same subject.
“Perhaps it is because of the proximity to Jacksonville or the articulate way the students expressed themselves after the Parkland tragedy, or perhaps this is the tipping point of what has become an issue we can no longer ignore,” said WJXT Vice-President and General Manager, Bob Ellis. “No matter your personal feelings, there is a common thread that we at New4JAX have determined is worth spending our airtime and efforts trying to solve, and that is keeping our families safe.”
The live Town Hall Meeting will be held at Terry Concert Hall on the Jacksonville University campus and will air Wednesday, March 14 at 8 p.m. on WJXT Channel 4 and News4JAX.com.
About WJXT Channel 4
WJXT Channel 4 and News4JAX.com provides news, information and entertainment to the Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia region. As the market leader, The Local Station is committed to bringing quality news and programming to the local community it serves. The station is owned by The Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC) and is one of seven Graham Media Group stations along with WCWJ Jacksonville, WSLS Roanoke, KPRC Houston, WKMG Orlando, KSAT San Antonio and WDIV Detroit.
About Graham Media Group
Graham Media Group, a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC), owns seven local television stations—each in a top-50 market and all recognized as news leaders: KPRC–Houston and WDIV–Detroit (NBC); KSAT–San Antonio (ABC); WKMG–Orlando (CBS); WJXT–Jacksonville, WCWJ Jacksonville, and WSLS-Roanoke (NBC) as well as Social News Desk, a leading provider of social media management tools designed to connect newsrooms with their users. The stations also broadcast digital channels focusing on classic television and lifestyle programming, in addition to operating market-leading websites, mobile sites and mobile apps delivering breaking news, weather and community news, reaching millions of users across each platform. All are deeply involved in local initiatives and public service projects designed to serve, inform and improve their respective communities.
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