ORANGEBURG, S.C. — Apart of Clafin University's Freedom School Summer program, the academic institution hosted a panel to discuss social issues and the main topic up for discussion today was gun violence. 

The room was covered with posters describing statistics around gun violence.  Some simply had the message to stop shooting. 

The goal of the program was to bring together elementary and middle school students to share their personal stories, listen and ask questions of a panel made up of law enforcement officials and educators. 

Eighth grade student Tiwaii Funchess, talked about what he learned saying, "Like a lot of us have a lot of fear because what we don’t know about what’s happening in our schools, and like I felt better when a principal said our teachers are going through training to help protect us with these types of situations happen and that made me feel better."