Community leaders making public's concerns heard after racist video of local high school student

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Community members and leaders are coming together to make their voices heard after a racist video of a local high school student holding a gun was posted on social media two weeks ago.

Community members came to the town hall meeting Sunday to make their concerns heard. (WJHG/WECP)

The Bay County Chapter of the NAACP, A-CURE, the Student Advocacy Center, and community members held a meeting at the A.D. Harris Learning Village Sunday and invited the public to join.

Concerned citizens spoke at the meeting about their worries and what they want to be seen done, many of whom have children or family attending Bay District Schools.

Event planners say their goal is to create a solution and have action be taken.

Dinah Crayton, First Vice President of the Bay County Branch of the NAACP, said, "Hopefully we'll have some brainstormed ideas that will allow us to push forward where we can collectively integrate the concerns the community members have raised and fashioning some kind of remedy, or strategy, or solution, that we can offer to the school board, to the State Attorney's office, and to law enforcement, in dealing with hate crimes that don't necessarily quite yet rise to the level of a criminal act."

Gregory Dossie, the Director & Founder of the Student Advocacy Center, said, "We want more people to come out, not just the black community, because if someone goes into a school shooting or wherever, it's not going to be just the black people that are getting killed, it's going to be people that are caught in the crossfire."

The next meeting will be September 7 at 5:00 p.m. at the A.D. Harris Learning Village.

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