NEA Reacts to School Shooting in Connecticut

On Friday, a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut and opened fire on students and staff, killing at least 26. It is the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. The shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007 resulted in the deaths of 32.

“We join the Newtown community and our entire nation in mourning the deaths of innocent children and educators due to violence,” said National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel. “As members of the education community, we extend our deepest sympathies to members of the AFTCT who have lost friends and colleagues.  We are deeply concerned for everyone in the Newtown community and will work with the AFTCT and the Connecticut Education Association in the hours and days ahead to help them in any way we can to cope with this tragedy.”

In a statement, Connecticut Education Association President Sheila Cohen said “Our hearts and thoughts go out to the entire community, and we have been in communication with the American Federation of Teachers Connecticut, which represents the teachers in Newtown. We are committed to helping the students, teachers, and administrators in Newtown as they recover from this tragedy.”

NEA has a number of valuable resources available online to help students, schools, and communities recover from crisis events.

NEA Health Information Network’s School Crisis Resources

School Crisis Guide

Lessons on Loss: How a school community heals after a student dies (NEA Today)

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