Standing with Students and Educators in Uvalde, Texas
No matter where we come from or where we live, our public schools should be the safest place for students and educators – but today we mourn the loss of 19 students and two educators who have fallen victim to senseless acts of gun violence in Uvalde, Texas. Educators and students should never fear for their safety within our schools. And families should never have to worry about their child’s safety while sending them to school.
We stand with the Uvalde community during this difficult time, and we send prayers, love and healing to the victims, educators, students, families, and community. Unfortunately, tragedies like this are all too common and we know that prayers, love and healing will not prevent tragedies like this from happening in the future.
The National Education and Association and the Texas State Teachers Association are demanding that state and federal policymakers take actions that will keep firearms out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. We know that we must pass common sense gun laws that protect our students, educators and community because enough is enough.
Tonight during bargaining, our team will take a moment to pause and reflect on the tragic events that happened in Texas. We are additionally in communication with leaders of the Texas State Teachers Association and are finding ways to directly support the students, educators and community in Uvalde. We will communicate any updates on ways to support as they become available.