Congressman G.K. Butterfield stopped at Greenville City Hall Wednesday for a community dialogue.
He joined a panel of several Pitt County students to talk about a wide range of topics.
Topics of discussion included school shootings, immigration, mental health and the Trump administration.
Many young people came up to the podium to ask the congressman questions about school resource officers and how the government works.
The talks were put on by the Greenville Youth Council and Pitt County Youth for Justice and Change.
Ellie Edmonston is a rising junior at Pitt County Schools Early College High School.
She said she got involved to learn more about Butterfield’s ideas and how he will help the community.
Edmonston said she believes her generation is on the fast track to success.
“Social media let’s our generation communicate so much easier than it did five or 10 years ago,” Edmonston said. “We can spread news on social media. Most young people are on social media so we can reach out to them easily, let them know about things going on, and it’s important for these young people to be involved because they are our future. They are the people that are going to be sitting in these positions of elected officials in 10 or 20 years.”
Edmonston says politics is empowering, and she hopes to pursue it as a career.
The people 9 On Your Side spoke with at city hall said they were happy to feel like their voices were heard.