Troutdale, Oregon school shooting incident
Statements from OEA Vice President Tony Crawford and NEA President Dennis Van Roekel
WASHINGTON - June 10, 2014 -
A shooting incident at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Ore. today, claimed the lives of two individuals. This is the nation's seventy-fourth school shooting incident since the December 14, 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., that tragically took the lives of 26 people including 18 students.
The following is a statement from Oregon Education Association Vice President Tony Crawford:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Reynolds educators, students and their families," said Tony Crawford, OEA Vice President. "In the face of this tragedy, Reynolds staff have shown our community and the entire nation what it means to be an educator. We have seen the uncommon courage and selflessness of the teachers and staff and our community is truly blessed to have such devoted educators. We want to show our solidarity and support in this difficult time. We vow to work together to forge an alliance with families and communities to keep our schools safe, secure and welcome to everyone."
"As educators, our priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of all students. Our focus now at the Oregon Education Association is on supporting the educators, students and their families in the Reynolds community today and in the future," said Crawford. "We all have a responsibility to create safe schools and communities. As a state and a country, we can and must do more to ensure that everyone who walks through our school doors educator, student, parent or community member - is safe and free from violence."
The following is a statement by National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel:
"The National Education Association joins the community of Troutdale, Oregon, and the entire nation in mourning the death of a Reynolds High School student today. Our hearts are full with sorrow for the victim and their family. Students and educators injured today are in the center of our thoughts as well. We are immensely grateful for and inspired by the strength of the students, educators and community members who are united together to support one another through this tragedy. The NEA will work with the Reynolds Education Association, the Oregon Education Association and the Oregon School Employees Association/AFT in the hours and days ahead to help them in any way we can to cope with this tragedy. Additionally, we will remain tirelessly committed to fighting for societal action and progress that works in support of keeping America's schools and students safe from acts of violence like this."
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Becca Uherbelau, Oregon Education Association, 503-495-2119
Sara Robertson, National Education Association, (202) 822-7823, firstname.lastname@example.org