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NEA President: Enough is enough. Time to end gun violence in our schools

NEA joins National Day of Action against Gun Violence in Schools


Washington, DC - April 20, 2018 -

Friday, April 20 is the National Day of Action against Gun Violence in Schools, when students, educators, parents and community members across the country will come together and demand lawmakers take action to end to gun violence. Supported by more than 40 national organizations, including NEA, the National Day of Action takes place on the 19th Anniversary of the shooting at Columbine, where 12 students and 1 teacher lost their lives.

In the 19 years since Columbine, more than 187,000 students have been exposed to gun violence in school, and millions more have been exposed to violence in their communities—particularly in communities of color. Inspired by the courageous young people in Parkland, Fla., and across the nation, NEA and allies are coming together to demand our leaders act and to say no more to gun violence.

National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García issued the following statement:

“Today, the 19th anniversary of the tragic shooting at Columbine, we remember the students and educators who lost their lives in senseless school shootings. We join parents, educators, students and other community leaders in making our voice heard by demanding and taking action to end gun violence in our schools and communities. Enough is enough! We can no longer stand by silently while gun violence continues to threaten the safety of our students, schools and communities. We demand that leaders take action to pass comprehensive laws to end gun violence now!

“Today, we say no more children murdered in our schools with guns. No more parents sending a child to school who does not come home. No more teachers, coaches, principals, librarians, or any other school staff sacrificing their lives, standing between students and a gunman. No more.

“It’s time to protect our schools. Now is the time for Congress to enact meaningful legislation that will address gun violence both inside and outside of our schools and communities.”

Hundreds of cities across America are participating in the national day of action. Visit www.protectourschools.com to learn more and find out if your community is participating. There, you can also download a social media toolkit with which you too can participate.

Hundreds of cities across America are participating in the national day of action. Visit www.protectourschools.com to learn more and find out if your community is participating. There, you can also download a social media toolkit with which you can participate.

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The National Education Association (www.nea.org) is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 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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Miguel A. Gonzalez

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