Thoughts and prayers for families and victims of Sparks, NV tragedy
WASHINGTON - October 21, 2013 -
The Nevada State Education Association (NSEA), the National Education Association (NEA), and their members are shocked and saddened by the shooting that took place in Sparks Monday morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of math teacher, Michael Landsberry and the families of those impacted by this tragedy. NEA and NSEA stand together with educators and the Sparks school community and we offer our support as they face challenging days ahead.
As educators, we are committed to ensuring the safety of our students and staff who work in schools. We expect the national conversation about school safety will be heightened, but the fact remains, most school campuses are still among the safest places students can be. Nevertheless, NEA and NSEA will continue to advocate for stronger measures to ensure the safety of students and school personnel so future tragedies can be avoided.
Ruben Murillo, Jr.
President, Nevada State Education Association
Dennis Van Roekel
President of the National Education Association
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NEA-HIN School Crisis Guide
This guide contains resources on preparing for, reacting to, and responding to a crisis. See especially:
- How teachers can help
- Support during the first week after a crisis
- How parents and other caring adults can help Talking to Children about Violence
Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears.