National PTA Statement on Shooting at Great Mills High School
ALEXANDRIA, Va., (March 20, 2018)—The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Jim Accomando:
“Enough is enough. We have all watched in horror as our country has experienced far too many gun-related tragedies. We need immediate change.
“It is urgent that we work together to enactbipartisan policy solutionsand make meaningful changes to keep our children safe. Every student deserves to learn and grow in a safe environment. And no parent should fear for the safety of their child every time they leave home for school.
“National PTA urges Congressto adopt legislation requiring universal background checks and a license to purchase a firearm, banning military-style assault weapons, and lifting any ban on research that studies the causes and effects of gun violence. National PTA also urges policymakers to prioritize mental health education, early intervention, prevention and access to school and community-based mental health personnel and services.
“National PTA is committed to supporting students, families, schools and communities in coping with and preventing violence. The association offers a variety of resources that can be downloaded atPTA.org/SchoolSafety.”
About National PTA
National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth. For more information, visitPTA.org.