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NEA President statement on Tucson shooting involving Congresswoman Giffords

WASHINGTON - January 08, 2011 -

The following can be attributed to Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, who taught for 23 years in Arizona, on today’s shooting in Tucson:

“On behalf of all the members of the National Education Association, I wish to express my deep concern about the attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. We know that she is under the best of care and is surrounded by the love from her family. The NEA and Arizona Education Association join with the heartfelt support of her community in wishing her a speedy and complete recovery. Rep. Giffords is a dedicated public servant and has made outstanding contributions to Arizona.

“We are horrified by the tragedy that has taken the lives of six people and wounded others as a result of this attack. Nothing can be more difficult or deserving of more support, and our prayers are with the family and friends."

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing
3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

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