“Epidemic of gun violence against children must stop”

NJEA members reacted with sadness and anger today as reports emerged of a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. NJEA President Marie Blistan released this statement:

“We mourn today with the families and loved ones of those killed in today’s horrific shooting in Florida, as well as those who were injured. Though violent incidents like this are far too common, they are always tragic. We also remember that mere sympathy without meaningful action will not help prevent future incidents like this.

“This latest school shooting is a tragic reminder that our nation still refuses to acknowledge and address the scourge of gun violence. Our schools should be safe havens for learning. America’s failure to protect its children from gun crime is inexcusable. Parents should never have to fear for the safety of their children while they are at school. Students should never have to wonder if they will fall victim to gun violence at school. This epidemic of gun violence against children must stop, but that will not happen until more of our elected leaders decide that they value the lives of our children more than they value the political agenda of the gun lobby.

“NJEA members, along with their colleagues who work in schools across America, strive every day to create safe, healthy school environments where our students can learn and grow without fear. Our nation, though, has allowed guns to threaten nearly every safe haven, including our schools. We must demand better from those elected to represent us. I call on all NJEA members and all people who care about the safety and wellbeing of children to reach out to your elected leaders and demand action that will help prevent the next mass shooting before it happens.”

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