By: Ben Smart | WECT

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A town hall to address school shootings, called “Town Hall for Our Lives,” took place Saturday in Wilmington, drawing about 300 people.

The town hall happened at 5 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Wilmington.

Everyone in the public was invited to attend, and the town hall consisted of students and the community asking questions and getting answers from Dr. Kyle Horton.

The Wilmington-area students who organized the “March for Our Lives” protest created this town hall.

Politicians invited to attend include Congressman David Rouzer, Representative for North Carolina’s 7th congressional district, and Dr. Kyle Horton, who is running for North Carolina’s 7th U.S. Congressional District.

Horton agreed to attend, but Rouzer declined to come to the town hall, according to a student organizer.

Elizabeth MacDonald, a junior at John T. Hoggard High School, moderated the event.

“With the Parkland shooting that happened in Florida, students have just become a lot more aware of changes that need to happen,” said MacDonald. “And now something has hit really close to home. We all go to high school, and it could have been any school in the country that such a tragedy could have occurred.”

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