Mourning loss of student, colleague

NJEA members stand in somber solidarity with the entire Paramus community as it comes together to cope with the tragic loss of a student and a teacher in yesterday’s crash of a school bus carrying students, parents and educators on a field trip. The teacher who died in the accident, Jennifer Williamson, taught fifth grade at East Brook Middle School, in Paramus.  More than 40 other students and adults on the bus were also injured.

NJEA’s officers shared these words:

“On behalf of all 200,000 members of the New Jersey Education Association, we send our support and condolences to everyone in the Paramus community as they mourn this tragic loss,” said NJEA President Marie Blistan. “We join in them mourning the loss of both a student and a colleague. Our thoughts are with the families of those who were killed, as well as with all those who were injured in yesterday’s accident.”

“We thank all of those who were at school this morning to greet arriving students and help them begin to understand and process this tragedy,” said NJEA Vice President Sean M. Spiller. “As educators, they are continuing to serve and support their students even in their own grief. Their commitment to their students in the face of tragedy is a testament to both their professionalism and their compassion.”

“We also thank all of the first responders who rushed to the scene and worked tirelessly to prevent even greater tragedy,” said NJEA Secretary-Treasurer Steve Beatty. “Their service reminds us that we are at our best when we come together as a community and help each other in times of great need.”

NJEA President Marie Blistan yesterday pledged NJEA’s support to the Education Association of Paramus, the school district and their entire Paramus community.

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